Sandrine Piau

Biography

Born: June 5, 1965; Issy-Les-Moulineaux, France  
French soprano Sandrine Piau initially established her reputation in Baroque repertory, most notably in the operas of Handel (Tamerlano, Xerxes, and others). But she quickly branched out into the Mozart operas, scoring numerous triumphs in such roles as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito. She has hardly limited herself to the Baroque and Classical periods, however, and her repertory encompasses the Brahms Requiem, Read more Massenet's Werther, Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges, Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier, as well as other nineteenth and twentieth century staples. Piau possesses a small but versatile and quite lovely lyric-coloratura soprano voice, consistently even in range and exuding a sense of warmth.

Sandrine Piau was born in the southwestern Paris suburb of Issy-les-Moulineaux on June 5, 1965. She studied at Collège Lamartine and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique du Paris, where she received several citations and prizes for her vocal interpretations in Baroque and other repertory. She also became proficient on the harp.

By the late '80s her career was on the ascent and soon she was invited to appear in concerts led by some of Europe's leading conductors, including Philippe Herreweghe, William Christie, Gustav Leonhardt, Renè Jacobs, and many others. She also began singing regularly in the more prestigious opera houses at home and abroad: at the Grand Théâtre de Genève she sang Ismène in Mozart's Mitridate and at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées she scored a great success as Pamina. Piau has also appeared at Covent Garden, the Amsterdam Opera, and at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.

She began to gain international acclaim for her recordings in the 1990s. Among her more successful early efforts was a pair of William Christie-led performances: Handel's Messiah on Harmonia Mundi (1994) and Purcell's King Arthur on Erato (1995) both demonstrated her superior talent in Baroque music.

For the 1999-2000 opera season Piau added another role to her growing list when she sang Aennchen in Weber's Der Freischutz. In the new century she has sung Zdenka in Strauss' Arabella and Nannetta in Verdi's Falstaff, among others. Other recordings have included the 2006 releases of Mozart's Mass in C minor, under conductor Emmanuel Krivine, the all-Vivaldi disc In furore, Laudate pueri e concerti sacri, with conductor Ottavio Dantone, both on the Naïve label, and Frank Martin's Le vin herbé, conducted by Daniel Reuss, for Harmonia Mundi. Read less
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    Purcell: The Fairy Queen / Christie, Argenta, Dawson, Daniels
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501308 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Noémi Rime,  Charles Daniels,  Mark Le Brocq,  Christophe Le Paludier  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
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  • 2.
    Handel: Arias & Duets, Between Heaven & Earth / Sandrine Piau
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 40037 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Sandrine Piau,  Sara Mingardo,  Topi Lehtipuu
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Stefano Montanari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Accademia Bizantina
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    Transcriptions Vol 2; Mendelssohn: Christus / Equilbey, Accentus
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 40043 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Franz Schubert,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Brigitte Engerer,  Solange Añorga,  Hélène Moulin,  Romain Champion  ... 
    Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus,  Les monts du Reuil,  Paris Orchestral Ensemble
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    Les Sopranos
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5351 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Henry Purcell,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Julia [Soprano Vocal] Lezhneva,  Sandrine Piau,  Patricia Petibon,  Lucy Crowe  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski,  Ottavio Dantone,  Giovanni Antonini,  Alan Curtis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amarillis,  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Una Stella Ensemble  ... 
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  • 5.
    Opera Baroque
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908658 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 42
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Pier Francesco Cavalli,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Jean-Baptiste Lully  ... 
    Performer:  Graciela Oddone,  Simon Keenlyside,  Juanita Lascarro,  Martina Dike  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs,  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  Concerto Vocale,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin  ... 
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  • 6.
    Vivaldi Operas Vol 2: Arias
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30547 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Julia Lezhneva,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Topi Lehtipuu,  Sandrine Piau  ... 
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Federico Maria Sardelli,  Rinaldo Alessandrini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico,  Ensemble Matheus,  Modo Antiquo Ensemble  ... 
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    Brahms: German Requiem / Equilbey, Accentus
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 40028 Release Date: 08/06/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Stèphane Degout,  Sandrine Piau,  Brigitte Engerer,  Boris Berezovsky
    Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
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    Handel - Opera Seria / Sandrine Piau
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 40026 Release Date: 08/06/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Sandrine Piau,  Michel Quagliozzi,  Claire Michon,  Patrick Beaugiraud  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
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    Handel: Messiah / Christie, Les Arts Florissants
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501498 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Sandrine Piau,  Mark Padmore,  Andreas Scholl,  Barbara Schlick  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
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    Bach Arias / Pulcinella, Ophelie Gaillard
    Label: Aparte   Catalog: 45 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Christophe Dumaux,  Sandrine Piau
    Conductor:  Ophelie Gaillard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pulcinella
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  • 11.
    Melodie Francaise [6-CD Set]
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5311 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Enescu,  Reynaldo Hahn,  Ernest Chausson,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Blumenthal,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Noel Lee,  Bernard Kruysen  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Sacred Music
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30541 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Anonymous
    Performer:  Sara Mingardo,  Gemma Bertagnolli,  Matteo Bellotto,  Roberta Invernizzi  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Ottavio Dantone,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Accademia Bizantina,  Ensemble Matheus
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    Royal Handel
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5307 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Sandrine Piau
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
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  • 14.
    Sogno Barocco / Von Otter, Piau, Alarcon, Ensemble Cappella Mediterranea
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5286 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Francesco Provenzale,  Luigi Rossi,  Pier Francesco Cavalli
    Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Sandrine Piau,  Susanna Sundberg
    Conductor:  Leonardo Garcia Alarcon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Mediterránea
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    Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream, Hebrides Overture / Herreweghe, Orchestre Des Champs-elysees
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501502 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Sandrine Piau,  Delphine Collot
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Champs-Élysées Orchestra,  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  La Chapelle Royale Chorus Paris
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    Accentus - Faure, Dusapin, Brahms: Requiems; Haydn; Seven Last Words Of Christ, Transcriptions / Equilbey
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5301 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Samuel Barber,  Gerard Pesson  ... 
    Performer:  Stèphane Degout,  Christophe Henry,  Luc Héry,  Sandrine Piau  ... 
    Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus,  Maitrise de Paris,  National Orchestra d'Ile de France  ... 
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  • 17.
    Sigiswald Kuijken Edition
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1953082 Release Date: 05/15/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Francesco Geminiani,  Georg Muffat  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Van der Crabben,  Magdalena Kozená,  Midori Suzuki,  Knut Schoch  ... 
    Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande,  Namur Chamber Choir,  Netherlands Chamber Choir  ... 
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  • 18.
    Magnificat - 500 Years Of Choral Masterworks [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001664502 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  Antonio Lotti,  Orlando de Lassus,  Josquin Des Préz  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Russill,  Marinella Pennicchi,  Michael Chance,  Mark Tucker  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers,  Paul McCreesh,  Stephen Cleobury,  Edward Wickham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players  ... 
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  • 19.
    Le Triomphe De L'amour / Sandrine Piau, Jerome Correas, Les Paladins
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30532 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  André Modeste Grétry,  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  François Francoeur  ... 
    Performer:  Sandrine Piau
    Conductor:  Jérôme Corréas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Paladins
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  • 20.
    Une Fete Baroque / Emmanuelle Haim, Le Concert D'astree
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 7307992 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Henry Purcell,  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Patricia Petibon,  Sonya Yoncheva,  Natalie Dessay,  Stèphane Degout  ... 
    Conductor:  Emmanuelle Haïm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert D'Astrée
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  • 21.
    Mendelssohn: Christus / Piau, Equilbey, Accentus
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5265 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Sandrine Piau,  Markus Butter,  Robert Getchell
    Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestral Ensemble,  Accentus
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  • 22.
    Music & Painters - Music Of The Era Of Monet, Chagall, Courbet & Picasso
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5283 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Anne Gastinel,  Daniel Blumenthal,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Noel Lee  ... 
    Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Alain Lombard,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kasbek Ensemble,  Russian State Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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  • 23.
    Indispensable Vivaldi: Highlights From La Senna Festegiante
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5273 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky,  Sébastien Marq,  Sandrine Piau,  Fabio Biondi  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Diego Fasolis,  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Ensemble Matheus,  Europa Galante  ... 
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    Sur Les Traces De Vivaldi
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5274 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Sandrine Piau,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Julia [Soprano Vocal] Lezhneva,  Topi Lehtipuu  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Federico Maria Sardelli,  Giovanni Antonini,  Rinaldo Alessandrini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus,  Modo Antiquo Ensemble,  Il Giardino Armonico  ... 
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  • 25.
    Lumieres - Music Of The Enlightenment [30-CD Set]
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908601 Release Date: 10/01/2011   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Kobie van Rensburg,  Véronique Gens,  Patrizia Ciofi,  Marie McLaughlin  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs,  William Christie,  Daniel Reuss,  Philippe Herreweghe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Cologne Collegium Vocale,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus  ... 
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