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Sandrine Piau, soprano


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 Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare) at the Opéra national de Paris, Mélisande in Nice and at la Monnaie, Ännchen (Der Freischütz), Pamina (Die Zauberflôte) and her debut as 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 and in Japan.

Ms. Piau is an exclusive recording artist for Naïve. Recent recordings include 2011’s Après un Rêve and 2012’s Le Triomphe de l’Amour, which was named Opera News’ CD of the Month.

Her next engagements include singing Constance in Le Dialogue des Carmélites at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, performing in Alcina at the Paris Opera and appearing in Ariodante at Le Festival d’Aix en Provence.

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” in the Victoires de la Musique Classique award ceremony in 2009.

"Piau lives intensely each fluctuating shade of feeling, colouring the text expressively and using the ‘sighing’ appoggiaturas so characteristic of French Baroque music to heighten the emotion."


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Sandrine Piau, soprano and Susan Manoff, piano

Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Chausson: Hébé
Chausson: Le Charme
Chausson: Sérénade
Mendelssohn: Neue Liebe
Mendelssohn: Nachtlied
Mendelssohn: Hexenlied
Poulenc: Courte paille
Berg: Nacht
Berg: Schilflied
Berg: Nachtigall

(lost dreams)
Debussy: Nuit d’étoiles
Debussy: Romance (L’Âme évaporée)
Debussy: Fleur des blés
Debussy: Zéphir
Debussy: Beau soir

Strauss: Mädchenblumen

Poulenc: Hôtel
Poulenc: Voyage à Paris
Poulenc: Sanglots
Poulenc: Les Chemins de l'amour


This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with Cori Ellison.


“Piau lives intensely each fluctuating shade of feeling, colouring the text expressively and using the ‘sighing’ appoggiaturas so characteristic of French Baroque music to heighten the emotion.”

The Guardian

“...[Piau's] singing has a wonderful, uncomplicated directness, utterly free of mannerisms or affectation.”

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