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A Musical Journey - Léa Desandre mezzo-soprano and Thomas Dunford theorbo/l...

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Léa Desandra - mezzo soprano

Thomas Dunford - theorbo/lute


A new muse of baroque music, the mezzo-soprano Léa Desandre and the lutenist Thomas Dunford form a captivating and cohesive duo. Together, they present the most magnificent music from the baroque age through to the Belle Époque, chansons, dances, and French melody by Lambert, Charpentier, Le Camus, Couperin, de Visée, Debussy, Messager and Reynaldo Hahn… a contrasting and emotional musical journey.


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Ma bergère est tendre et fidèle - Michel Lambert (1610-1696)

Gavotte - Robert de Visée (c.1655-1732)

Les berceaux – Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

Celle qui fait tout mon tourment – Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704)

On entend rien dans ce bocage – Sébastian Le Camus (c.1610-1677)

Les voix humaines - Marin Marais (1656-1728)

Soleils couchants – Déodat de Séverac (1872-1921)

Chaconne - de Visée

Le doux silence de nos bois – Honoré d’Ambruis (17th/18th century)

Rondeau: Les barricades mystérieuses - François Couperin

À Chloris – Reynaldo Hahn (1875-1947)

Auprès du feu – Charpentier

Mes longs cheveux (Pelléas Et Mélisande, Act III – Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Tristes déserts – Charpentier

Allemande la royale – de Visée

Sans frayeur dans ce bois – Charpentier

J’ai deux amants – André Messager (1853-1929)

Rondeau la Mascarade – de Visée

Ombre de mon amant – Lambert

Vos mépris – Lambert


Léa Desandre made her international debuts under the direction of William Christie, as part of the prestigious Jardin des Voix in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Sydney Opera House, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, KKL Luzern, Philharmonie de Paris. She then made her debut at the Opéra-Comique in Paris in 2017 in the title role in Marin Marais' Alcyone, in a production directed by Jordi Savall. In addition to Savall and William Christie, the list of conductors with whom Desandre has worked is a who's-who of the early music scene, and includes John Eliot Gardiner, Raphaël Pichon, Christophe Rousset, Marc Minkowski, Fabio Biondi, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, and Emmanuelle Haïm. She has returned twice to the Opéra-Comique in 2018 for the production Et in Arcadia Ego, based on music by Rameau, and for the role of Amore in Gluck's Orfeo ed Eurydice. She has sung Mozart's Requiem in D minor, K. 626 at Versailles Palace, and she appeared in a concert production of Offenbach's La Périchole in Salzburg in 2018. The 2018-2019 season provided her with the opportunity to return to Salzburg alongside Cecilia Bartoli for a gala concert.


Born in Paris in 1988, Thomas Dunford discovered the lute at the age of nine, thanks to his first teacher Claire Antonini. He completed his studies in 2006 at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris (CNR), when he obtained a unanimous First Prize with honours in the class of Charles-Édouard Fantin. Thomas continued his studies at the Schola Cantorum in Basel with Hopkinson Smith, and was awarded his Bachelor’s degree in 2009. From September 2003 through to January 2005, Thomas gave his first performances playing the role of the lutenist in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on stage at the Comédie Française. Since then, Thomas has played recitals in New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall, and made numerous solo or ensemble appearances in the most prestigious European festivals and has also performed further afield in the United States, Israel, China, Japan and India. He is attracted to a wide variety of music including jazz, and has collaborated in chamber music projects with conductors and soloists including Paul Agnew, Leonardo García Alarcón, Nicola Benedetti, Alain Buet, William Christie, Jonathan Cohen, Christophe Coin, Iestyn Davies, Bobby McFerrin, Monica Huggett, Alexis Kossenko, François Lazarevitch, Anne Sofie von Otter, Hugo Reyne, Skip Sempé and Jean Tubéry.


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