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Soprano, BE

Sandrine Mairesse

After discovering the world of opera at a young age by singing in the children’s choir of La Monnaie, Sandrine studied vocal technique with Eunice Arias, until her admission at the Conservatorium Maastricht, in the class of Frans Kokkelmans. During her studies, she took part in different opera productions, as L’Enfant in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Mistery in The Fairy Queen, and Arminda in La Finta Giardiniera. 

She graduated with a Master degree in Voice and Opera in 2016, and went on to study at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, Serbia, to continue her training in the operatic repertoire, under the tuition of Katarina Jovanović. Since then, she has had the opportunity to take part in masterclasses by a.o. Nelly Miricioiu, Claron McFadden, Peter Sellars, Charlotte Margiono, Dietrich Henschel and Martin Wölfel. 

Sandrine made her professional début in 2018 as Amahl, in Menotti’s Amahl and the night Visitors in Valkenburg. That same year, she also sang Poppea in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea (in Greece) and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte (in the Netherlands). Next to her operatic career, she has regularly been giving concerts with the foundation Muziek Jong voor Oud, both as a singer and a pianist, and has participated in the creation of two world premières during the festival Stemmig Maastricht. 

She recently distinguished herself by winning a First Prize at the Nouveaux Talents de l’Art Lyrique competition (2018), and a Second Prize at the BOT’s National Operette Competition (2019). She regularly appears as soloist in the sacred repertoire too, i.a. Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Vivaldi’s Magnificat, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. 

In 2022 Sandrine graduated from the International Opera Academy in Ghent, a post-graduate programme for talented young singers and pianists. At the IOA, Sandrine has taken part in productions such as Private ViewLoveMusik and Don Giovanni in Belgium, as well as Die Zauberflöte at the opera of Oviedo, Spain.

Visit her personal website here.

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