Lea Desandre © Monika Rittershaus
Lea Desandre © Monika Rittershaus
Jupiter Ensemble | Thomas Dunford | Lea Desandre


  • Jupiter Ensemble
  • Thomas Dunford luth and musical direction
  • Lea Desandre mezzo-soprano


Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)
Vedrò con mio diletto from Il Giustino, RV 717
Armatae face et anguibus aus Juditha triumphans, RV 644
Sonata in C major for lute, violin, and basso continuo, RV 82
Cum dederit aus dem Nisi Dominus, RV 608
Veni, veni, me sequere fida from Juditha triumphans, RV 644
Concerto in D major for lute, two violins, and basso continuo, RV 9
Gelido in ogni vena from Il Farnace, RV 711
Gelosia, tu già rendi l’alma mia from Ottone in Villa, RV 729
Concerto in D minor for cello, strings, and basso continuo, RV 407
Onde chiare che sussurrate from Ercole sul Termodonte, RV 710
Scenderò, volerò, griderò from Ercole sul Termodonte, RV 710

This concert has no intermission.


Lea Desandre is the new star of the opera scene: born in 1993, the French-Italian mezzo-soprano has a beautiful timbre, a delicate style, and what Mozart once termed a “flexible throat” in his depiction of a singer, meaning coloratura skill. At the Salzburg Festival, she wowed audiences as Mozart’s Despina and Cherubino, and in Lucerne she almost stole the show from Cecilia Bartoli as Annio in La clemenza di Tito. No wonder she was named “Singer of the Year” by Opus Klassik in 2022. Her projects with the Jupiter Ensemble and the excellent British lutenist Thomas Dunford, who is also her partner in real life, are particularly impressive. The concerts are atmospherically choreographed, and you can tell that Desandre has also trained in ballet. They have now created a Vivaldi program specifically for Lucerne Festival, in which everything revolves around love, jealousy and despair, consisting of opera arias, sacred works, and concertos. And the aim? To prove that so-called early music is far from outdated but in fact highly topical.

Event Venue

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern
Europaplatz 1
CH-6005 Luzern

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  • Arrival | Parking Facilities

    The KKL Luzern is located right next to Lucerne railway station. On account of the traffic and parking situation, it is recommended during Festival season that visitors use public transportation. 

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  • Cloakroom

    There are coat checkrooms not only in the basement, but also on the 2nd and 4th floors. Handbags up to a size of 42 x 29.7 x 29.7 cm (A3) may be taken into the concert hall. All larger bags and luggage as well as other bulky items must be checked for a fee of CHF 5.00 per item. For security reasons, coats and jackets may also not be taken into the concert hall and can be left at the checkroom free of charge.

  • Wheelchair seating

    The main concert hall of the KKL Lucerne has six wheelchair spaces available on special terms. Accompanying persons cannot be assured of obtaining a seat in the same price range or in the general vicinity.

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  • Access to venues | Late admission

    The main KKL Concert Hall opens 30 minutes before the beginning of the concert. For the sake of the musicians and the audience, latecomers will not be admitted until intermission or at the discretion of the Concert Hall staff. In certain instances concerts will have no intermission and allow no latecomers.

    If the concert is missed on account of late arrival, tickets will not be refunded.

  • Gastronomy

    In the KKL Luzern
    In the mood for a cocktail at the Seebar? Coffee and fine pastries at the Le Piaf? Or would you prefer a multi-course menu in the Gault MiIlau-rated restaurant Lucide? The culinary possibilities in the KKL Luzern are many and varied. Before the concert begins, you can reserve your drinks and snacks for intermission at the KKL information desk in the main lobby of the KKL Luzern. Overview of the restaurants

    In Lucerne
    Within walking distance of all event venues you can find a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and cafés. The Lucerne Tourism office will gladly assist you in making your selection. Overview of Lucerne Tourism