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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 The Metropolitan Opera, Opéra national de Paris, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro Colón, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Teatro di San Carlo, Opera Australia, and the Canadian Opera Company.

Clémentine Margaine begins the 2019/20 season with two sold-out concerts at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, a programme of operatic repertoire at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, the premiere of a new staged interpretation of Verdi’s Requiem at The Shed in New York City and the Philharmonie Berlin, and Berlioz’ L’Enfance du Christ in Lyon.

In January, she sings Amneris in Aida at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, followed by performances as Fidès in Meyerbeer’s Le Prophète at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, after which she returns to the role of Amneris, this time with the Canadian Opera Company. She then sings Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer at the Radio France Auditorium in Paris and joins Jonas Kaufmann for a European concert tour that takes them to Brussels, Paris, and Bordeaux. Her last performances of the season include performances of Carmen at the Liceu and for her return to the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. She made her respective debuts at The Metropolitan Opera and the Opéra national de Paris during the 2016/17 season in this signature role.

Highlights from the 2018/19 season included the title role in Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera House, and Dulcinée in Don Quichotte at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Of her Dulcinée, Festspiele Forum raved: “Clémentine Margaine was also outstanding with her rich, dark mezzo voice, which was present in all registers. She mastered the leaps and bounds of the part with dreamlike certainty.”

In the 2017/18 season, Margaine made several significant debuts: as Fidès in Meyerbeer’s Le Prophète at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Amneris in Aida with Opera Australia; her house debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona as Léonor in Donizetti’s La Favorite; and her debut at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse as the title role in Carmen. She also debuted at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Dulcinée in Don Quichotte.

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. In June of 2016, Margaine made her Opera Australia debut as Carmen, and in July of 2016 she debuted with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra in Berlioz’s Roméo 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 for and has since portrayed in New York City, 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’s Samson et Dalila. In 2015, she made her debut at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires in her first performances of 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.

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L’Enfant du Christ and Amneris

Clémentine Margaine’s last performance of the year is in Lyon on December 7 in Berlioz’s L’Enfant du Christ. Conductor Speranza Scappucci {...}

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Verdi’s Requiem in New York and Berlin

This month, Clémentine Margaine sings the soprano solo in Verdi’s Requiem, first at The Shed in New York on November 19, 21, 23 and 24. Joining her are {...}

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La Canzone dei Ricordi in Hamburg

On September 29 and 30, Clémentine Margaine performs Martucci’s La canzone dei ricordi at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. La Canzone dei Ricordi, or {...}

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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

Videos

Carmen: “Les tringles de sistres tintaient”

Clémentine Margaine sings Carmen’s Act II aria

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Carmen: "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle"

Clémentine Margaine sings Carmen's Habanera from Act I at the Metropolitan Opera. Production Richard Eyre. Conductor: Omer Meir Wellber. 2018–19 season.

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„La Habanera“ sung by Clémentine Margaine, Deutsche Oper Berlin 2018 (Highlights)

From: Georges Bizet CARMEN, directed by Ole Anders Tandberg, conducted by Ivan Repusic with the Orchestra of Deutsche Oper Berlin.

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„Autrefois un roi de Thulé!“ sung by Clémentine Margaine, Deutsche Oper Berlin 2014 (Highlights)

From: Hector Berlioz FAUSTS VERDAMMNIS (La damnation de Faust), directed by Christian Spuck, conducted by Donald Runnicles with the Orchestra of Deutsche Oper Berlin.

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'Venez cruels! Qui vous arrête?'

La Favorite, Donizetti.
Gran Teatre del Liceu

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'O mon Fernand'

La Favorite, Donizetti.
Gran Teatre del Liceu

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'Dans ce palais'

La Favorite, Donizetti.
Gran Teatre del Liceu. With tenor Michael Spyres

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'La favorite' (2017/18) - Reportaje

Reportaje al entorno de la ópera 'La favorite' con entrevistas a la mezzosoprano Clémentine Margaine, al tenor Michael Spyres, al barítono Markus Werba, al director musical Patrick Summers y a la directora del Coro del Liceu, Conxita Garcia. Hasta el 28 de julio 2018 en el Gran Teatre del Liceu.

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'La favorite' (2017/18) - "Oh! Mon Fernand"

Clémentine Margaine interpreta l'ària "Oh! Mon Fernand" a l'estrena de 'La favorite' de Donizetti al Gran Teatre del Liceu el 8 de juliol de 2018.

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L' Heure espagnole - Concepcion et Gonzalve (Clémentine Margaine et Stanislas de Barbeyrac)

L' Heure espagnole de Maurice Ravel, du 19 mai au 17 juin 2018 à l'Opéra Bastille.

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L' Heure espagnole - Concepcion et Gonzalve (Clémentine Margaine et Stanislas de Barbeyrac)

L' Heure espagnole de Maurice Ravel, du 19 mai au 17 juin 2018 à l'Opéra Bastille.

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100 Sekunden mit: Clémentine Margaine [Feature]

Clémentine Margaine über Carmen, Karriere und ... Drinks!

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Carmen - Habanera Arie - Deutsche Oper

Premiere der Oper "Carmen" in der Deutschen Oper Berlin. Hier ein Auszug mit der berühmten Habanera-Arie „L'amour est un oiseau rebelle".

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Georges Bizet: CARMEN [Trailer]

Mit Clémentine Margaine, Nicole Haslett, Jana Kurucová, Heidi Stober, Charles Castronovo, Tobias Kehrer, Markus Brück, Ya-Chung Huang, Dean Murphy; Kinderchor, Chor und Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin

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CARMEN: Die Premiere

Publikumsstimmen und Premiereneindrücke der Neuinszenierung CARMEN von Georges Bizet in der Deutschen Oper Berlin!

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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!

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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

She has developed into a striking performer whose intensely dramatic and prayerful interpretation of the mezzo part anchored this special Requiem. The heavenly blend of Margaine in the “Recordare” with soprano Zarina Abaeva stopped time.

Parterre

Die einzige weibliche Rolle der Dulcinée gibt Clémentine Margaine mit ihrem Mezzosopran mit allen Schattierungen einer natürlichen Weiblichkeit. Sie meidet es, als Star des Restaurants in das Soubrettenfach zu gleiten, und ist doch die das Geschehen beherrschende Kurtisane mit wehmütigen Gedanken an die eigene Zukunft. Als sie Don Quichotte zurückweist, ist ihr Gesang von tiefer Empathie geprägt.

Kunstdunst

French Mezzo Talks Experience With Famed Bizet Opera & Moving On From The Gypsy

Operawire

In the title role, Clémentine Margaine was a seductive firebrand

Operawire

El debut liceista de la mezzosoprano francesa Clémentine Margaine no podia ser millor. És una cantant exquisida, amb una veu preciosa i un estil belcantista molt acurat

In Fernem Land

Vocally, the production was blessed with Clémentine Margaine in the title role. The French mezzo is today’s leading Carmen.

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