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Claire de Sévigné


  • 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”.

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  • Upcoming highlights include Sacerdotessa Aida, Phani Les Indes galantes, Blondchen Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Clorinda La Cenerentola and L’Ange Saint-François d’Assise at Grand Théâtre de Genève as part of their ensemble and she will sing the role of Fiakermilli Arabella at Opernhaus Zürich.

    In the 2018-19 season, de Sévigné made her debut with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam as Vierge in Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au Bucher, reprised the role of Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Opernhaus Zurich, and sang Messiah with Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. In summer 2019 she returns to the Savonlinna Festival Finland as Blondchen.

    In 2017-18 de Sévigné made a successful role debut as Fiakermilli in Strauss Arabella with the Canadian Opera Company, where she also sang the role of Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Other engagements included a concert tour in China with the Salzburg YSP in collaboration with Hantang International Music Festival, Handel Messiah with the Edmonton Symphony, Previn’s Honey and Rue with the Niagara Symphony, and Mozart C Minor Mass with the Niagara Chorus.

    From 2015 to 2017, de Sévigné spent her time with Opernhaus Zürich performing the roles of Hermione in a new production of Manfred Trojahn Orest, Feu, Princesse and Rossignol in Ravel L’enfant et les sortilèges, as well as the principal role of Angelica in Haydn 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 Così 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 de Sévigné performed Flaminia in Il mondo della luna, Cunegonde in Candide and the title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor 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.

    2018-2019 season, 554 words. Not to be altered without permission


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Opera repertoire

Cunegonde Candide

Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream
First Niece Peter Grimes
Lucia The Rape of Lucretia

Marie La fille du régiment*
Lucia Lucia di Lammermoor

Gervais, Aaron
Oksana G. The Enslavement and Liberation of Oksana G.

Flaminia Il mondo della Luna
Angelica Orlando Paladino

Cleopatra Giulio Cesare
Morgana Alcina

Sandman/Dewfairy Hänsel und Gretel
Gretel Hänsel und Gretel*

Cérès Thésée

La Fee Cendrillon*

Despina Così fan tutte
Blonde Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Königin der Nacht Die Zauberflöte
Servilia La clemenza di Tito

Olympia/Antonia Les contes d’Hoffmann

Serpina La Serva Padrona

Constance Dialogues des Carmélites

Lauretta Gianni Schicchi
Musetta La bohéme
Lisette La rondine

Feu, Princesse, Rossignol L’Enfant et les Sortilèges

Rihm, Wolfgang
Ophelia/Marx Die Hamletmaschine

Clorinda La Cenerentola*
Alice Le Comte d’Ory

Strauss, J.
Adele/Ida Die Fledermaus

Strauss, R.
Fiakermilli Arabella
Zerbinetta Ariadne Auf Naxos*
Sophie Der Rosenkavalier*

Mabel The Pirates of Penzance

Trojahn, Manfred
Hermione Orest

Gilda Rigoletto*

*role in preparation

Concert repertoire

Cantata No.51
St John Passion

Messe des morts



Jugendmesse in F

Exultate jubilate KV 165
Mass in C KV 317
Mass in C minor KV 427

Petite Messe Solonnelle

Deine Toten warden leben

In tubato mare irato, RV 627
O qui coeli terraeque serenitas RV 631

Season Highlights

*Concertgebouw Orchestra debut as Vierge in Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au Bucher conducted by Stéphane Denève.

*Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Opernhaus Zurich.

*Messiah with Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

The enchanted, technically overwhelming, confident and musical singing of Claire de Sévigné will stay in our memory

Salzburg Festpiele DrehPunktKultur

High-flown coloratura with laserlike precision and tonal beauty.

Dallas News

"The Canadian soprano displayed surprising reserves of vocal power and flexibility, with a stunning attack on the stratospheric coloratura of the penultimate “Dulcissime.”

Chicago Classical Review

Intermusica represents Claire de Sévigné worldwide excluding North America.

Eleanor Freedman
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Associate Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
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