A distinguished figure in the world of Baroque music, French soprano Sandrine Piau has appeared with conductors of the eminence of William Christie, Philippe Herreweghe, Christophe Rousset, Gustav Leonhardt, Ivor Bolton, Ton Koopman, René Jacobs, Marc Minkowski and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
Among the numerous roles that she has sung to great acclaim in leading opera houses all over the world are Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare) and Morgana (Alcina) at the Paris Opéra, Dalinda (Ariodante) at the 2017 Salzburg Festival and in Monte Carlo, Alcina, Mélisande, Sandrina (La finta giardiniera) and Sœur Constance (Dialogues des Carmélites) at La Monnaie in Brussels, Alcina and Dalinda in Amsterdam, Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and Sœur Constance at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris and Despina (Così fan tutte) and Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.
Sandrine Piau has also made a name for herself as an outstanding exponent of French mélodies and German Lieder, working with accompanists of the distinction of Jos van Immerseel, Roger Vignoles and Susan Manoff. Her busy recital and concert schedule has taken her to New York, Paris, London, Tokyo, Munich, Zurich, Salzburg and Hamburg, the latter for the opening of the new Elbphilharmonie.
As a concert singer Sandrine Piau has appeared in recent years at the Salzburg Festival, New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Covent Garden Festival, the Vienna Musikverein, the Salle Pleyel, the Festival de Saint-Denis, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the Teatro Comunale in Florence and Bologna, while the leading orchestras with which she has shared a platform include the Berlin and Munich Philharmonics, the Orchestre de Paris and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Sandrine Piau’s extensive discography includes four CDs of music by Handel and Mozart, three solo albums (Après un rêve, Évocation and, in 2018, Chimère) with Susan Manoff, with whom she has developed a close artistic partnership, and a highly praised CD of Mozart arias, Desperate Heroines, with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra under Ivor Bolton.
Highlights of the 2018/19 season include her return to the Salzburg Festival, appearances at New York’s Lincoln Center with Les Arts Florissants and a European tour with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.
Sandrine Piau was honoured with the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2006 and was named Singer of the Year at the 2009 Victoires de la Musique Classique.