“Eigentlicher Star des Abends ist aber die sich verströmende Clémentine Margaine in der Rolle von Jeans Mutter Fidès.”

Der Tagesspiegel

“Für Clémentine Margaine als Mutter Fidès, früher fest am Haus, ist die Premiere der überfällige Durchbruch. Ein fulminantes Mezzo-Gebläse im besten Sinn”


“French mezzo-soprano, Clémentine Margaine – based at Deutsche Oper Berlin originally as a stipendiary and later as a member of the ensemble from 2011 to 2014 – made her role début, too, as Fidès and thoroughly stamped her credentials on what was another strenuous and demanding part. She harbours such a wonderful and distinctive voice that I found it simply adorable radiating round the vastness of Deutsche Oper’s large (and comfortable) auditorium with consummate ease. ”

Planet Hugill

“Clémentine Margaine, a former member of the house’s ensemble, was equally formidable as Fidès, a role tailored for the legendary Pauline Viardot-García. Margaine’s voice was perfectly equalized throughout the range of more than two octaves; if she did take one lower option or two, so too did some great contraltos of yesteryear, by whose memory she was certainly not eclipsed, especially in her ‘O prêtres de Baal’. Margaine’s portrayal was extremely moving and her dark timbre ideally contrasted with that of Elena Tsallagova in their various duets.”

Opera Magazine

“Clémentine Margaine, an alluring young Frech mezzo who is a former ensemble member here, was shattering as Fidès. […] Especially in the final two acts, Margaine owned the evening with her imposingly full voice. It was a magnificent performance that augured well for her upcoming Carmen in the company’s new Ole Anders Tandberg staging.”

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