Sandrine Piau, Soprano

Susan Manoff, Piano

February 7, 2016, 4 PM

Music Room

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A celebrated figure in the world of Baroque music, leading French soprano Sandrine Piau makes her Phillips Collection debut with works by Britten, Chausson, Debussy, Poulenc, Strauss, and Wolf with pianist Susan Manoff. In recent years Piau has performed at the Salzburg Festival, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Covent Garden Festival, Musikverein, Salle Pleyel, Concertgebouw, and with the world’s most prestigious orchestras including Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, and Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Program

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Au bord de l'eau
Après un rêve
Le secret
Clair de lune

Hugo Wolf (1860-1908)
Elfenlied
Der Knabe und dem Immlein
Das verlassene Mägdelein
Nixe Binsefuss

Ernest Chausson (1855-1899)
Les heures
Dans la forêt du charme et de l’enchantement
Le colibri
Le temps des lilas

Intermission

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Les Bilitis

Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Die Nacht
Morgen
Ständchen

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
Montparnasse
Hyde Park
Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon
“C”
Fêtes galantes

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
The Sally Gardens
There’s none to sooth
I Wonder as I Wander

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.

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. 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. 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 upcoming 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.

Interview and rehearsal footage from when soprano Sandrine Piau joined Classical Opera (conducted by Ian Page) for their opening concert of the 2012/13 season at Wigmore Hall