In 2018, Sandrine Mairesse will be taking on the role of Poppea from Monteverdi’s “L’Incoronazione di Poppea” and Papagena in “Die Zauberflöte”, a production by the opera group The Fat Lady. She made her professional début earlier this year as Amahl, in Menotti’s “Amahl and the night Visitors”, at the Openluchttheater in Valkenburg.
During her studies, she took part in different opera productions by the Conservatorium Maastricht, 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”.
Sandrine discovered classical singing at the age of 9, by entering the children’s choir of La Monnaie, the Royal Opera House of Brussels. There, she learned to work under the direction of internationally renowned conductors (Antonion Pappano, Hartmut Haenchen…) and stage directors (Christof Loy, David McVicar, Guy Joosten…).
During the years she spent at La Monnaie, she took part in numerous opera productions (Pagliacci, La Bohème, Frühlings Erwachen, Werther…) and toured in different countries with the choirs (The Netherlands, Czech Republic, France, Hungary).
Sandrine Mairesse started following solo singing lessons in the class of Eunice Arias in 2006. Next to that, she obtained her qualification diploma in piano in the class of Monique Dekeyser, and followed specialised lessons in baroque music and lyrical art, with i.a. Greta De Reyghere.
In 2010, she’s admitted at the Maastricht Conservatorium, in the class of Frans Kokkelmans, with whom she obtained her Bachelor and Master degree in Opera and Solo Singing. She then 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 the masterclasses of i.a. Nelly Miricioiu, Claron McFadden, Peter Sellars, Marie-Paule Hallard, Janice Dixon and Vladimir Redkin. In the summer of 2015, she was admitted to the Mediterranean Opera Studio where she worked with Jack Li Vigni, Salvatore Fisichella and Nelly Miricioiu.
She recently distinguished herself by winning the First Prize at the “Nouveaux Talents de l’Art Lyrique” competition (2018), and by reaching the finale of the Music Award Maastricht (2017). She regularly appears as soloist in the sacred repertoire too: Haydn – Die Schöpfung, Orff – Carmina Burana, Brahms – Ein Deutsches Requiem, Vivaldi – Magnificat, Pergolesi – Stabat Mater…