Franco-Italian mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre was hailed as a ‘Révélation artiste lyrique’ at the 2017 Victoires de la Musique Classique Awards, additionally winning the HSBC Award at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and the 2018 Prix Jeune Soliste of the Médias Francophones Publics. She was 20 when she joined William Christie’s renowned academy Le Jardin des Voix, with which she has given numerous concerts. After making her Opéra Comique debut in Paris in the title role of Marin Marais’ Alcione in 2017, she was invited to appear at leading opera houses and in major concert halls all over the world, including the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Sydney Opera House, the Opéra National de Bordeaux, the Theater an der Wien, New York’s Alice Tully Hall and Lincoln Center, the Vienna Musikverein, the Paris Philharmonie, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Lucerne’s Culture and Congress Centre and the concert hall of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. She also appeared at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Salzburg Easter Festival and the Salzburg Festival. She first appeared in Salzburg at Whitsuntide 2018 as Berginella and Frasquinella in a concert performance of Offenbach’s La Périchole.
Among the leading conductors and internationally acclaimed musicians with whom Lea Desandre has already appeared are William Christie, John Eliot Gardiner, Jordi Savall, Raphaël Pichon, Thomas Dun-ford, Jean Rondeau, Christophe Rousset, Marc Minkowski, Fabio Biondi, Leonardo García Alarcón and Emmanuelle Haïm, while the list of distinguished directors includes Barrie Kosky, Jan Lauwers, Jean-Yves Ruf, Aurélien Bory and Jean Bellorini.
Her extensive repertoire includes Annio (La clemenza di Tito), Sesto (Giulio Cesare), Ruggiero (Alcina), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Urbain (Les Huguenots), Valletto and Cupid (L’incoronazione di Poppea) and the Messenger (L’Orfeo).
In 2018/19 Lea Desandre sang Cupid in Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice at the Opéra Comique in Paris, performed a Vivaldi programme with the Ensemble Jupiter, took part in performances of Bach’s B minor Mass and Stravaganza d’Amore under Raphaël Pichon, marked the 150th anniversary of Berlioz’s death with a recital in the Auditorium de Radio France in Paris and gave song recitals with Thomas Dunford in Ambronay, Morocco and Kilkenny as well as in the Salle Cortot in Paris and at the Angers Nantes Opéra.