Claire de Sévigné

Soprano

 

Claire de Sévigné

Soprano

Canadian Citizen

 

Named one of CBC’s Top 30 Canadian Classical Musicians under 30, coloratura soprano Claire de Sévigné was recently nominated for a 2016 Classical Album of the Year JUNO award for her Naxos album of Vivaldi Cantatas featuring Maestro Kevin Mallon and the Aradia Ensemble. As the Queen of the Night with the Opera Theater of St. Louis, de Sévigné “dispatched the high-flown coloratura with laser-like precision and tonal beauty”. Her most recent success has been with the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Opernhaus Zürich and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in the role of Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, in which she was hailed for her “sparkling top notes and vocal brilliance, lightness and finesse”. 

From 2015 to 2017, Ms. de Sévigné has spent her time with Opernhaus Zürich performing the roles of Hermione in a new production of Trojan’s Orest, Feu, Princesse and Rossignol in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, as well as the principal role of Angelica in Haydn’s Orlando Paladino. Additionally, she performed the role of Die Modestin in Der Rosenkavalier with the Salzburg Festival’s Young Artist Project.

As a graduate of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, her roles on the main stage included Despina in Cosi fan tutti, First Niece in Peter Grimes, Ida in Die Fledermaus and Servilia in La clemenza di Tito. As a cover artist, she was responsible for the role of Constance in Les Dialogues des Carmélites. During her Master’s degree in opera at the University of Toronto Ms. de Sévigné performed Flaminia in Il mondo della luna, Cunegonde in Candide, and the title roles in Lucia di Lamermoor and Hansel and Gretel. She created the role of Oksana in The Enslavement and Liberation of Oksana G. for Tapestry New Opera and at the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, she sang Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare with Thirteen Strings Orchestra. During her Bachelor’s of vocal performance studies at Opera McGill, she added Lisette in La Rondine and Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia to her repertoire. 

A Semi-finalist in Placido Domingo’s Operalia Competition in Guadalajara, she has been awarded prizes, top placement and grants from the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Standard Life Competition, the Montreal International Competition, Vancouver Opera Guild, the Christina and Louis Quilico Competition, the Marcello Giordani Foundation International Vocal Competition and the Annual COC Ensemble Studio Competition. She is also proud to be supported by the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation, SSHRC Bombardier Master’s Research Grant, and the Canadian Opera Volunteer Committee. 

In 2017/18 Ms. de Sévigné looks forward to her role debut as Fiakermilli in Strauss’s Arabella with the Canadian Opera Company, as well as reprising the role of Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Other upcoming engagements include a concert tour in China with the Salzburg YSP in collaboration with Hantang International Music Festival, Handel’s Messiah with the Edmonton Symphony, Previn’s Honey and Rue with the Niagara Symphony, and Mozart’s C Minor Mass with the Niagara Chorus. 

                                                                                                                                                     July 2017 

 

 

 

OPERA

Bernstein Cunegonde CANDIDE
Britten Tytania A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
  Lucia THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA
  First Niece PETER GRIMES
Donizetti Marie LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT
  Lucia LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
Gervais Oksana G. THE ENSLAVEMENT AND LIBERATION OF OKSANA G.
Haydn Flaminia
Angelica
IL MONDO DELLA LUNA
ORLANDO PALADINO
Handel Cleopatra GIULIO CESARE
Humperdinck Sandman/Dewfairy HÄNSEL UND GRETEL
Lully Cérès THÉSÉE
Mozart Despina COSÌ FAN TUTTE
  Königin der nacht DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE
  Blonde DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL
  Servilia LA CLEMENZA DI TITO
Offenbach Olympia/Antonia LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN
Pergolesi Serpina LA SERVA PADRONA
Poulenc Constance DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES
Puccini Lauretta GIANNI SCHICCHI
  Musetta LA BOHÈME
  Lisette LA RONDINE
Ravel Feu, Princesse, Rossignol L’ENFANT ET LES SORTILÈGES
Rihm Ophelia/Marx DIE HAMLETMASCHINE
Rossini Clorinda LA CENERENTOLA
Strauss, J. Adele/Ida DIE FLEDERMAUS
Strauss, R. Fiakermilli ARABELLA
  Zerbinetta ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
  Sophie DER ROSENKAVALIER
Sullivan Mabel PIRATES OF PENZANCE
Trojan Hermione OREST
Verdi Gilda RIGOLETTO

ORATORIO

Bach Cantata No. 51
  Johannes Passion
  Magnificat
Charpentier Messe des morts
Fauré Requiem
Handel Messiah
Haydn Jugendmesse in F
Mozart Coronation Mass in C KV 339
Exultate, Jubilate KV 165
Mass in C minor KV 427
Rossini Petite Messe Solonnelle
Telemann Deine Toten warden leben
Vivaldi  Gloria
  In turbato mare irato, RV 627
  O qui coeli terraeque serenitas RV 631

 Recital Repertoire Available Upon Request

Blonde in Die Entführung dem Serail for Savonlinna Festival, May 2017

“Claire de Sévigné is a blunt Blonde, the sound is bright and beautiful.” 
Ita-savo.fi, Riitta-Leena Lempinen Vesa

Hermione in Orest for Opernahaus Zurich February 2017

“Bright as a bell soprano voice from Claire de Sévigné”
Neue Musikzeitung, Georg Rudiger

“Light, bright, bird-like singing, from the coloratura soprano Claire de Sévigné as Hermione, who mastered the overly challenging and difficult large interval jumps.” 
Oper Aktuell, Kaspar Sannemann

“The young Canadian soprano startled with the breadth of her range, and her silvery voice and ballerina-like costume made the perfect delicate counterpart to the wight of the other characters”
Bachtrack, Sarah Batschelet

Blonde in Die Entführung dem Serail for Opernahaus Zurich/Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

“The young soprano Claire de Sévigné integrates her role as Blonde with brilliance. The voice is deliberately fragile. It ensures the treble with a lightness and a transparent finesse. The intentions and rebellious expressions are mastered by the singer, who embodies a Blonde sometimes petty but also sensitive and cute.”  
Olyrix, Marjorie Cabrol – Translated from French.

“The soprano Claire de Sévigné depicts a spicy Blondchen, borrowing little energy from a bland romanticism. Her vocal flexibility and the intense clarity with which she approaches the character of Blondchen reveals all her independence… Very expressive and able to execute high ornate treble, Claire de Sévigné seems to fully flourish in this role.”  
Bachtrack, Maeva Da Cruz
Translated from French.

“Claire de Sevigné is a very vocally convincing Blonde…She is exciting in her two arias and impressive in her Duet with Osmin, especially in her unexpected bass singing.”  
Operaphile Blog
Translated from French

Angelica in Orlando Paladino for Zurich Opera

“The role of Angelica was performed with distinction by Canadian coloratura soprano Claire de Sévigné… de Sévigné was an arresting presence as the self-absorbed Angelica, impressive from her enchanting first aria Palpita ad ogni istante through her introspective final act aria Dell’estreme sue voci dolenti.”
Opera Warhorses

” First there is Canadian Claire de Sévigné as Queen Angelica, whose beautiful sounding, precise, endless breath-full phrasing brings out the expressiveness and depth of Haydn’s music in a touching and sparkling way through her brilliant high coloratura.”
Wintherthur News, Herbert Battier

“Claire de Sévigné allowed us to take a full bath in her self inflicted heartache, full of fervour, which was demonstrated in the extensive and highly demanding coloratura.”
Bündner Tagblatt News, Simone Bittermann

“An exceptional vocal contribution was delivered by the Canadian soprano Claire de Sévigné as Angelica.
Place de L’Opera Magazine, Alessandro Anghinoni

Salzburg Festival

“The enchanted, technically overwhelming, confident and musical singing of Claire de Sévigné will stay in our memory”  [Mozart’s concert aria Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio!]
Salzburg Festpiele DrehPunktKultur Blog

“The young artist could not only convince vocally with the Gilda aria but also created a touching human fate on stage.” [YSP Gala Concert]
Salzburg Festpiele DrehPunktKultur Blog

“de Sevigne sang “Mozart’s concert aria Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio! with ripe timber, firework ornamentation and poised stage presence”  [Mozart’s concert aria Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio!]
Opera Canada Magazine: On Stage Feature, Rebecca Schmid

Naxos recording of Vivaldi Sacred Music with the Aradia Ensemble conducted by Kevin Mallon

“Claire de Sévigné’s singing in In turbato mare irate is spectacular – effortlessly virtuosic throughout the wide range it demands and beautifully sweet-toned.”
EarlyMusicReview.com

“Claire de Sévigné is a soprano of whom I hope to hear more of in future, with plenty of power to hit the top notes. She by no means neglects the dramatic import.”
Music Web- International, Classical Music Reviews

“De Sévigné handles the florid writing with ease, even more impressive in her da capo section. It’s a clear, pinpoint soprano sound, with vibrato used sparingly at the ends of phrases or to colour held notes. Her musicality is illustrated by her attention to texts and her shapely phrasing. She is equally captivating in “O qui coeli terreque serenitas”. In the opening aria, Vivaldi keeps the singer up high as a metaphor for the “eternal stars” that appear in the text. She excels in this upper range with pitch accuracy, security and expression.”
Opera Canada, Rick Phillips

The Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with the Opera Theater of St. Louis

“Claire de Sévigné as a striking Queen of the Night”
Los Angeles Times, Mark Swed

“dispatched the high-flown coloratura with laserlike precision — and tonal beauty.”
Dallas News, Scott Cantrell

“The Queen of the Night, hauntingly beautiful and haughty, was mesmerizing in a purple satin outfit with a flowing train that received its own ovation. Claire de Sévigné looked like a cross between Norma Desmond and Greta Garbo, and carried herself with the aura of a major screen star.”
News Democrat, BND.com, Lynn Venhaus

“There’s nothing silly, though, about Canadian de Sévigné’s soaring soprano, which defies belief while you hear her crisply and deliberately pierce a series of singular notes in the Queen’s aria, Hell’s Vengeance Boils in My Heart (English translation)….In her OTSL debut de Sévigné possesses the show’s best voice…”
laudenews.com, Mark Bretz

“The Queen of the Night—sung with great aplomb by Claire de Sévigné—makes an entrance wearing an incredible gown with an enormous train (managed by 20 or so attendants) that, when spread out, nearly covers the entire stage. It’s a lovely effect.”
Alive Mag St. Louis, Christopher Reilly

“Grand and glamorous she masters the role. Her vengeance aria is full of those amazing coloratura fireworks that dance among the scattered notes with laser-like precision.”
operaworld.com

“The vocal marvel of the night, who received sustained ovations after each of her major arias, was Claire de Sévigné, dashing off her precision coloratura cadenzas with seeming effortlessness, with excursion into the stratosphere of notes above high C.”
operawarhorse.com

First Niece in Britten’s Peter Grimes with the Canadian Opera Company 

“Soprano Claire de Sévigné excelled as the First Niece. Throughout the year she’s been in the ensemble Studio this young woman has developed formidable mastery of adding small nuances to her gestures to make her presence noticeable without drawing attention away from where the action is centrally focused.”
norules-nolight.com, Brian Hay

Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Music Academy of the West

“The Queen of the Night is not strictly a comic role, but rather a genre-bending, mind-boggling piece of Mozartian musical mischief, and de Sévigné made splendid sense out of her notoriously difficult arias.”
Santa Barbara Independent, Charles Donelan

 “As a crowd-pleasing Queen of the night, Claire de Sévigné effectively projected the grandeur and indignation required by the role.”
Opera News, Edmond Johnson

 

 

WATCH

Ah, douce enfant! from Cendrillon by Massenet

Der hölle rache from Die Zauberflöte

“Alleluia” from O qui coeli terraeque serenitas, RV 631 by Antonio Vivaldi
Aradia Ensemble Chamber Orchestra conducted by Kevin Mallon

 

FIRST RECORDING
Naxos CD Cover
Claire de Sévigné appears on her first recording released by Naxos. The recording features Vivaldi Cantatas with the Arcadia Ensemble, conducted by Kevin Mallon.

OPERNHAUS ZÜRICH
Soprano Claire de Sévigné appears in Trojhan’s Orest as Hermione. Performances run from February 26 to March 24. 

PRIZEWINNER
Coloratura soprano Claire de Sévigné won second prize in the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Standard Life Competition. This prestigious competition is held each year for different musical categories. In addition to the OSM prize, Ms. de Sévigné was awarded the Banff Centre Award which will allow her to pursue advanced training at Banff this coming summer. Ms. de Sévigné is a recent graduate of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio and is currently a member of the Opernhaus Zürich Ensemble Studio

LISTEN

“Excerpt from “In turbato mare irato” RV 627 by Antonio Vivaldi with the Aradia Ensemble conducted by Kevin Mallon