Sandrine Mairesse (sopraan)
Sandrine Mairesse began classical singing at the age of 9, by succesfully
passing the audition to enter the children choirs of La Monnaie, the royal opera house of
Brussels. During the ten years spent in the Maîtrise and in the youth choir of La Monnaie
(La Choraline), she took part in numerous opera productions such as Pagliacci, La
Bohème, Frülings Erwachen or Werther, as well as in many concerts (Nuit des choeurs,
Carmina Burana, African Voices etc).
There, she learned to work under internationally renowned conductors (Antonio
Pappano, Hartmut Haenchen, ...) and stage directors (Christof Loy, David McVicar, Guy
Joosten, …). She also travelled with the children choirs at the occasion of several European
tours (The Netherlands, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, …).
In the course of the years she spent at La Monnaie, several CD's were recorded,
either being choral repertoire (Britten, Franco-Belgian romanticism), either collaborations
with talented jazz artists.
Sandrine started following solo singing lessons in the class of Eunice Arias, in 2006.
Next to that, she also took piano lessons with Monique Dekeyser (to the point where she
got her music school diploma), and followed specialised singing lessons in baroque music
and lyrical art, with especially Greta De Reyghere.
In 2010, she was admitted at the Conservatory of Maastricht, in the class of Frans
Kokkelmans, with whom she got her Bachelor diploma, in 2014.
She has, since then, had the opportunity to take part in the masterclasses of Nelly
Miricioiu, Janice Dixon, Eiženija Zavadska and Oliver Kloeter, and to appear as soloist in
various concerts and operas: Haydn's Die Schöpfung, Vivaldi's Magnificat, Mozart's La
Finta Giardiniera, Palestrina's Stabat Mater etc.