FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS: Sandrine Piau; "Porgi amor"; LE NOZZE DI FIGARO; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
“Here’s an engaging introduction to sparkling gems from Mozart’s operas…Devos’s agile soprano is both bright and menacing in the famous Queen of the Night set piece…The revelation here is the young mezzo Lea Desandre, who gives sparkling accounts of Cherubino’s music…The orchestra, under the very musical guidance of Laurence Equilbey, is wonderfully alert and stylish throughout.
BBC Music Magazine Christmas 2020
“Dubbed ‘a magical cabaret’ by conductor Laurence Equilbey, this is the album of a theatrical performance that, poignantly, was due to open in Paris in June… As a CD programme it has a random, bitty feel that left me simultaneously wanting more and less…If you can cope with this apparent arbitrariness, there is some classy singing on offer, finely supported by Equilbey’s lively period band.”; Gramophone Magazine; October 2020
“Highlights are Stanislas de Barbeyrac’s Tamino’s Portrait aria, Sandrine Piau in Countess Almaviva’s solos, and Soave sia il vento from Così, ravishingly sung by Piau, Léa Désandre and Florian Sempey. Now that is magic.”; Sunday Times16th August 2020
“A renowned figure in the world of Baroque music, French soprano Sandrine Piau regularly performs with celebrated conductors such as William Christie, Philippe Herreweghe, Christophe Rousset, Gustav Lleonhardt, Ivor Bolton, Ton Koopman, René Jacobs, Marc Minkowski and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
Ms. Piau embraces both lyric and baroque repertoires. The roles she has recently performed include Alcina at la Monnaie and in Amsterdam, Dalinda (Ariodante) and Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) at the Festival d’Aix en Provence, Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare) at the Opéra de Paris,Mélisandein Nice and at la Monnaie, Ännchen (Der Freischütz), Constance (Le Dialogue des Carmélites), Pamina (Die Zauberflôte) and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées; the title role of L’Incoronazione di Poppea in Cologne; Sandrina in a new production of La Finta Giardiniera at La Monnaie, Ismène (Mitridate, Re di Ponto) at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and Sophie in Massenet’s Werther at both the Capitole de Toulouse and the Théâtre du Châtelet.
Sandrine Piau regularly appears in concert. In recent years she has performed at the Salzburg Festival, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Covent Garden Festival, Musikverein, Paris’Salle Pleyel, Festival de Saint Denis, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Teatro Communale in both Florence and Bologna and with the world’s most prestigious orchestras including Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris and Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Piau takes great pleasure in the art of recital. As a singer of both French and German repertoire, she has performed with many renowned accompanists including Jos van Immerseel, Roger Vignoles, Corine Durous. She has a privileged relationship with pianist Susan Manoff with whom she recently made recital tours in the USA, in Europe, and in Japan.
Last season highlights included Ariodante in Amsterdam and her return to the Festival d’Aix en Provence for a new production of Cosi fan tutte, directed by Christophe Honoré. This production went on to appear at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York and at the Edinburgh Festival.
Her 16/17 season will be marked by concerts in Paris, Brussels, Munich, Hamburg (for the opening of the Elbphilharmonie), a recital tour in the United States and her return at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival in Ariodante.
Her latest disc “Mozart, Desperate Heroines” recorded with Ivor Bolton and the Mozarteum Orchestra was critically acclaimed.
Sandrine Piau was given the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 2006 and was named “Lyrical Artist of the Year” at the Victoires de la Musique Classique award ceremony in 2009”; cso