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French-Italian mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre was 20 when she was awarded a place on William Christie’s Le Jardin des Voix Academy. In 2017 she was named Vocal Disovery at the Victoires de la Musique Classique Awards. She studied with Sara Mingardo in Venice and can also look back on a 12-year period of training as a ballet dancer.
Since 2015 Lea Desandre has been acclaimed in various roles, including Urbain (Les Huguenots), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Annio (La clemenza di Tito), Sesto (Giulio Cesare), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Messaggera (L’Orfeo), Flerida in Cavalli’s Erismena and the title role in Marais’ Alcione. In 2018 she delighted her audiences at the Paris Opéra Comique in a fully-staged one-woman show, Et in Arcadia ego, with music by Rameau.
Orphée et Eurydice (ed. Berlioz) by C. W. Gluck, from Opéra Comique, 2018. Directed by Aurélien Bory, conductor Raphaël Pichon, starring Marianne Crebassa, Lea Desandre, Hélène Guilmette, Charlotte Siepiora, Margherita Mischitelli, Claire Carpentier, Élodie Chan, Tommy Entresangle, Yannis Françoi...