Toronto, Canada, January 11, 2013 … One of the most remarkable stars of the French opera scene, soprano Sandrine Piau joins Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra for her highly anticipated Toronto debut from January 31 to February 3, 2013. Piau is also renowned worldwide for her performances and recordings of baroque music, by Handel and Vivaldi in particular. She makes her Tafelmusik debut in a programme of virtuoso operatic arias and motets by these two composers, singing excerpts from Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Il trionfo del tempo, and Vivaldi’s thrilling and technically demanding In furore iustissimae irae.
Known for her “clear and deeply expressive voice, nuanced phrasing and immaculate control,” (The New York Times) Piau regularly performs with celebrated conductors such as William Christie, Philippe Herreweghe, Christophe Rousset, Gustav Leonhardt, Ivor Bolton, Ton Koopman, René Jacobs, Marc Minkowski and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Highlights of Piau’s current season include a debut recital tour to Japan, her Boston Symphony Orchestra debut, performances with RAI Orchestra in Turin, Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande at La Monnaie, Brussels, and a Mozart recital and performance of Britten’s Les Illuminations at Wigmore Hall in London.
Piau’s recent opera engagements include Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Ännchen in Weber’s Der Freischütz, Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the title role in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea, and Sandrina in a new production of La Finta giardiniera at La Monnaie.
Piau’s wide-ranging discography for the Naive label includes music that spans several centuries, from the baroque period to the present day. Her 2009 album Handel: Between Heaven and Earth with L’Accademia Bizantina under frequent Tafelmusik guest director and violinist Stefano Montanari, was awarded the 2010 MIDEM prize for best baroque recording featuring a singer. Likewise, her 2010 recording of Vivaldi’s motet In furore received high praise from the BBC’s Classical Music.com: “Piau is on impeccable form, judging each interval to perfection and settling on the highest peaks of an unusually wide tessitura with all the ease and precision imaginable.”