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Sandrine Piau


About this Artist

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.  

Sandrine Piau embraces different roles on international stages. The roles she has previously performed include Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Morgana (Alcina) at the Opéra de Paris; Dalinda (Ariodante) at the Salzburg Festival; Alcina, Mélisande, Sandrina, (La Finta Giardiniera), Constance (Dialogue des Carmélites) at La Monnaie; Alcina and Dalinda (Ariodante) in Amsterdam; Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), and Constance at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées; and Despina (Cosi fan tutte) and Titania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) at the Festival d’Aix en Provence.

A celebrated recital singer of both French and German repertoire, Sandrine Piau performs with renowned accompanists, including Jos van Immerseel, Roger Vignoles, and Susan Manoff.

She regularly gives recitals and has appeared in concert in New York, Paris, London, Tokyo, Munich, Zurich, and Salzburg, and most recently in Hamburg for the opening of the Elbphilharmonie.

 In recent years, she has performed at the Salzburg Festival, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Covent Garden Festival, Musikverein, 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, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, and Boston Symphony.

Sandrine Piau has an extensive discography, including four CDs of Handel and Mozart and two recital albums: Après un rêve and Evocations, which she recorded with renowned accompanist Susan Manoff, with whom she has a privileged relationship and performs regularly. Desperate Heroines, a stunning selection of Mozart’s arias recorded with the Mozarteum Salzburg and Ivor Bolton, has been critically acclaimed.

Sandrine Piau now records exclusively for Alpha Classics, and her first CD under this label, released in 2018, is Chimère, a lieder recital recorded with Susan Manoff.

The 2019/20 season includes a Les Arts Florissants’ 40th-anniversary tour, a European tour with Teodor Currentzis, and a return to the Festival d’Aix en Provence for the premiere of Innocence by Kaija Saariaho.

Sandrine Piau was named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 2006 and was chosen “Lyrical Artist of the Year” at the 2009 Victoires de la Musique Classique awards.