Claire de Sévigné and Huw Montague Rendall return to the Salzburg Festival
On 17 and 18 August, Claire de Sévigné and Huw Montague Rendall return to the Salzburg Festival to join Raphaël Pichon and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg for their Mozart Matinee series.
The concerts will feature works composed shortly before Mozart’s da Ponte trilogy was completed, which show the roots of Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte and Don Giovanni. Other composers featured alongside Mozart include contemporaries Paisiello, Salieri and Martin Y Soler.
Montague Rendall was a member of the prestigious Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival in 2017 where he made his debut in the role of Second Apprentice in Wozzeck. Recent highlights include a role and company debut as Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, a return to Opernhaus Zürich as a guest artist to make his role debut as Schaunard in La bohème, a role and house debut as Marcello in Barrie Kosky’s new production of La bohème at Komische Oper, and a return to Garsington Opera as Prince of Mantua in Fantasio.
Next season, Montague Rendall's debuts include Il Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro at Opéra National de Lorraine, Ned Keene in Peter Grimes at the Enescu Festival, and returns to Komische Oper as Marcello in La bohème. On the concert and recital platform, he appears at Cadogan Hall with the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and in recital as part of the London Song Festival, and with pianist Hélio Vida in Nancy.
Claire de Sévigné made her debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2015 as a member of the Young Singers Project, singing the role of Modestin in Strauss Die Rosenkavalier. Recent highlights include her debut with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam as Vierge in Honegger Jeanne d’Arc au Bucher, and her revival of the role of Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Opernhaus Zurich and Savonlinna Opera Festival.
Forthcoming highlights include Sacerdotessa in Aida, Phani in Les Indes galantes, Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Clorinda in La Cenerentola and L’Ange in Saint-François d’Assise at Grand Théâtre de Genève as part of their ensemble. She will also sing the role of Fiakermilli in Arabella at Opernhaus Zürich.
Marta Fontanals-Simmons & Claire de Sévigné perform Le grand macabre with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra
Marta Fontanals-Simmons and Claire de Sévigné join Alan Gilbert and the NDR Elbphilharmonie for three performances of Ligeti Le grand macabre at the Hamburg International Music Festival on 10, 12 and 13 May 2019. Fontanals-Simmons takes the role of Amando while de Sévigné performs the role of Venus.
Fontanals-Simmons is fresh from her critically acclaimed performances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as Sibel Faust and Hel The Monstrous Child. She has also performed Beethoven Symphony No.9 and Elgar Sea Pictures with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Bach Magnificat at the Royal Festival Hall with Kings College Choir and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Upcoming highlights include her house and role debut as Eurydice Woman Mask of Orpheus with the English National Opera and her return to Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte.
Claire de Sévigné recently made her debut with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam as Vierge in Honegger Jeanne d’Arc au Bucher and sang Handel Messiah with Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. This summer she performs a Mozart programme with the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg, before joining the ensemble of Grand Théâtre de Genève for their 2019/20 season.
Claire de Sévigné returns to Opernhaus Zürich as Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Claire de Sévigné returns to Opernhaus Zürich this month to star as Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail from 21 October 2018. David Hermann's production is conducted by Riccardo Minasi and also stars Stefan Gubser as Selim and Brenda Rae as Konstanze.
De Sévigné has sang Blonde to great acclaim in recent seasons, giving highly praised performances at the Savonlinna Festival as well as for Opernhaus Zürich and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées:
“Bright and beautiful”
Ita-savo.fi, May 2017
“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, November 2016
Other highlights for de Sévigné this season include her debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as the Virgin in Honeggar's Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher and Handel's Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Die Entführung aus dem Serail runs in Zurich until 3 November.
Claire de Sévigné debuts as Fiakermilli in Arabella with Canadian Opera Company
Claire de Sévigné makes her role debut as Fiakermilli in Strauss Arabella this month, performing in Tim Albery’s production for Canadian Opera Company from 5 October 2017. Patrick Lange conducts a cast including Erin Wall in the title role and Tomasz Konieczny as Mandryka. For COC this season, de Sévigné also reprises the role of Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail.
This season de Sévigné also travels to China for a concert tour with the Salzburg Young Singers Programme as part of the Hantang International Music Festival, and at home in Canada sings Handel Messiah with the Edmonton Symphony, Previn’s Honey and Rue with the Niagara Symphony, and Mozart C Minor Mass with the Niagara Chorus.
Arabella runs until 28 October at the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto.
Claire de Sévigné joins Intermusica
Intermusica is delighted to announce the signing of Canadian coloratura soprano Claire de Sévigné.
De Sévigné recently impressed as Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Opernhaus Zürich, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and at the Savonlinna Opera Festival Finland. She was hailed for her “sparkling top notes and vocal brilliance, lightness and finesse”.
Other successes include Queen of the Night with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Hermione in Orest and Feu, Princesse and Rossignol in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges in Zurich; and Die Modestin in Der Rosenkavalier in the Salzburg Festival’s Young Artist Project. As the Queen of the Night with the Opera Theater of St. Louis, she “dispatched the high-flown coloratura with laser-like precision and tonal beauty”.
This season de Sévigné returns to Canadian Opera Company as Fiakermilli in Arabella; and as Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Further ahead she returns to Opernhaus Zürich.