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

French mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine has gained international acclaim in recent seasons at such theaters as the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, to name a few.

In the 2016/17 season, Margaine will make her debuts at the Metropolitan Opera and Opera National de Paris as Carmen. She will also debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Dulcinée in Massenet’s Don Quichotte, and returns to the Bavarian State Opera as Sara in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux. Future engagements include her debut at the Oper Köln as Concepcion in a new production of Ravel’s 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 premiere appearance at the Musikverein in Vienna singing Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Orchestre National de France, under the baton of Daniele Gatti. In the summer of 2016, Margaine made her Australian Opera debut as Carmen, and in July of that same year she debuted with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra in Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette, with conductor Stéphane Denève.

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 has portrayed 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-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila. In 2015, she made her debut at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires in her first performances as Charlotte in Werther.

Also active as a concert soloist, Clémentine Margaine has sung Elijah in Berlin, the Mozart Requiem in Lisbon, and the Verdi Requiem in Budapest. Other roles in preparation include Fides in Meyerbeer’s Le prophète, Zayda in Donizetti’s Dom Sébastien, Gertrude in Hamlet, and Amneris in Aida.



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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


Don Quichotte

Lyric Opera of Chicago

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Opera Australia

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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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Orchestre symphonique Saint Étienne Loire

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

Joseph So, Musical Toronto


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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