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Margaine sang with a deep, rich mezzo, her diction clear and perfect. She oozed sexiness and contempt. Hers is certainly a Carmen to watch ...

Christie Franke, Bachtrack

Considered one of the leading mezzos of her generation, French mezzo soprano Clémentine Margaine has gained international acclaim in recent seasons at such theaters as the Paris Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Opera Australia, and Canadian Opera Company. In the 2017/18 season, Margaine will make several significant debuts: her debut as Fides in Meyerbeer’s Le Prophete at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, her debut as Amneris in Aida with Opera Australia, her debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona as Léonor in La Favorite, and her debut at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse as the title role in Carmen. She will also sing Léonor at the Opéra Municipal de Marseille and Bavarian State Opera, and return to the Paris Opera as Concepcion in L’Heure Espagnole and to the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Carmen. Margaine will begin the season singing Marguerite in a concert performance of La Damnation de Faust in Bucharest, later performing Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Chicago and on tour with Riccardo Muti.

Especially identified for her portrayal of Carmen, Margaine made her debuts at the Metropolitan Opera and Paris Opera last season in this signature role. She also debuted at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Dulcinee in Massenet’s Don Quichotte and returned to the Bavarian State Opera as Sara in Roberto Devereux. Other engagements from the 2016/17 season included Margaine’s debut at the Cologne Opera as Concepcion in a new production of L’Heure Espagnole and her debut at Semperoper Dresden in Carmen.

Margaine began the 2015/16 season with her debut at the Washington National Opera as Carmen, subsequently performing the same role for her debuts at the Canadian Opera Company and Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. She also made her debut at the Musikverein in Vienna in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Orchestre National de France, under the baton of Daniele Gatti. In June of 2016, Margaine made her Australian Opera debut as Carmen, and in July of 2016 she debuted with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra in Berlioz’s Romeo et Juliette, under Stéphane Denève. In August of the same year, Margaine gave a triumphant performance as Rebecca in Il Templario for her debut at the Salzburg Festival.

Shortly after graduating from the Paris Conservatory, Margaine was named the “révélation classique” and awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Concours International de Marmande. She subsequently joined the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where she sang her first performances of Carmen, a role for which she has now become internationally known and since sung in Munich, Rome, Naples, Washington, Dallas, and Toronto. Margaine also starred at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Marguerite in the new production of Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust and as Dalila in Saint Saens’s Samson et Dalila. In 2015, she made her debut at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires in her first performances of Charlotte in Werther.

Also active as a soloist, Clémentine Margaine has sung Elijah in Berlin, the Mozart Requiem in Lisbon, and the Verdi Requiem in Budapest. Other roles in preparation include Zayda in Donizetti’s Don Sebastien and Gertrude in Hamlet.

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News

Clémentine Margaine debuts as Fidès in Berlin

Clémentine Margaine returns to the Berliner Staatsoper to make her role debut as Fidès in Meyerbeer’s Le Prophète. This Olivier Py production features {...}

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“La Favorite” in Marseille

Clémentine Margaine sings Léonore in a concert version of Donizetti’s La Favorite at Opéra de Marseille on October 13, 15, 18 and 21. Paolo Arrivabeni {...}

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Concert in Remiremont

On October 1, Clémentine Margaine will sing a program featuring Brahms, Schumann, Chausson, Lekeu, Lenoir/Lehn and Gardel/Lehn with a piano quintet at the {...}

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Photos

Margaine's rich, dusky mezzo was touched with sensuous melancholy as Dulcinee lamented the fleeting nature of love. She brought enough flashing temperament to the character to give her dramatic dimension, along with a couple of nicely executed Spanish dance steps.

John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

Videos

Carmen - L'amour est un oiseau rebelle

Opéra Bastille

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Entretien avec Roberto Alagna & Clémentine Margaine

Opéra national de Paris

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Opéra: "Carmen", prends garde à elle!

TV5MONDE

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Entrée libre - Carmen

Opéra national de Paris

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TF1 20H - Carmen

Opéra Bastille

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Don Quichotte

Lyric Opera of Chicago

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Carmen

Opera Australia

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Carmen

Washington National Opera

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Samson et Dalila

"Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix"

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Samson et Dalila

"Printemps qui commence"

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Interview de Clémentine Margaine

Eglise Notre Dame du Liban

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Shéhérazade

Orchestre symphonique Saint Étienne Loire

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Carmen

The Dallas Opera presents Clémentine Margaine as Carmen

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Samson et Dalila

"Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix"

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Audio

To my eyes and ears, Margaine is among the most idiomatic and balanced in terms of voice, musicality and theatricality.

Joseph So, Musical Toronto

Press

Ihre Weltkarriere begann Clémentine Margaine an der Deutschen Oper Berlin. Jetzt kehrt sie mit zwei großen Rollen zurück: die Fidès in Meyerbeers LE PROPHÈTE und die Titelpartie in CARMEN

Michael Horst, Deutsche Oper Berlin

Best of all, I love what this French mezzo brings vocally to the role. She displayed an effortlessness throughout opening night, and seems to live comfortably up and down the registers of this score."

DC Theatre Scene

Presenting George Bizet’s Carmen, directed by Joel Ivany. Clémentine Margaine will be one of the two Mezzos sharing the title role of Carmen."

Classical 96.3

The voice is gleaming and opulent, with plenty of volume and power, completely even up and down the scale, with no discernible break between head and chest registers. By the end of Act 4, she has made a believer out of me. The audience certainly thought so, giving her the biggest ovations of the evening. The COC should bring her back as soon as possible."

Musical Toronto

The now Berlin-based singer is in hot demand as Carmen. She has just performed with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto and has starred in the role in recent years with the Dallas Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin, among many others. Next year sees her reprising the role for New York’s Metropolitan Opera and the Opera National de Paris."

The Australian

A luscious voice of liquid gold pours forth with seemingly very little effort, filling the space with glorious sound. Free of the traditional gypsy-like caricature, Margaine makes Carmen a real, if highly sexually charged, person, her magnetism spellbinding the audience just as it affects the characters on stage."

Simon Parris: Man in Chair

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