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Sandrine Mairesse

Soprano, BE

Sandrine discovered classical singing at the age of 9, when she entered the children’s choir of La Monnaie. There, she learned to work under the direction of internationally renowned conductors (Pappano, Haenchen…) and stage directors (Loy,  McVicar, Joosten…) and took part in several international tours with the choir.

She studied singing technique with Eunice Arias and obtained her qualification diploma in piano with Monique Dekeyser. She later went to study solo singing at the Conservatorium of Maastricht, in the class of Frans Kokkelmans, where she graduated with a Master degree in Voice and Opera in 2016. During her studies, she sung in different opera productions, as L’Enfant in L’Enfant et les Sortileges, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Mistery in The Fairy Queen, and Arminda in La Finta Giardiniera. She later studied at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, Serbia, to continue her training in the operatic repertoire, under the tuition of Katarina Jovanović. She has, since then, had the opportunity to take part in masterclasses by o.a. Nelly Miricioiu, Claron McFadden, Peter Sellars, Marie-Paule Hallard, Janice Dixon and Vladimir Redkin.

Sandrine made her professional debut in 2018 as Amahl, in Menotti’s Amahl and the night Visitors. The same year, she also sung the roles of Poppea from Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea in Thessaloniki and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, a production by the opera group The Fat Lady.

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 contemporary art songs during the festival Stemmig Maastricht.

She recently distinguished herself by winning the First Prize at the “Nouveaux Talents de l’Art Lyrique” competition (2018) and the Second Prize at the 1st BOT Operette competition (2019). She regularly appears as soloist in sacred repertoire too: Haydn – Die Schopfung, Orff – Carmina Burana, Brahms – Ein Deutsches Requiem, Vivaldi – Magnificat, Pergolesi – Stabat Mater… She is, since 2019, a member of the International Opera Academy in Ghent, where she follows a post-graduate programme, together with other talented young singers and pianists.

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