"Dispatched the high-flown coloratura with laserlike precision and tonal beauty."
- Dallas News
Named one of CBC’s Top young Canadian Classical Musicians, soprano Claire de Sévigné was recently nominated for a Classical Album of the Year JUNO award for her Naxos album of Vivaldi Cantatas with Kevin Mallon and the Aradia Ensemble. Recent successes have come with the Canadian Opera Company, Savonlinna Opera Festival, Opernhaus Zürich and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées as Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, in which she was hailed for her “sparkling top notes and vocal brilliance, lightness and finesse”.
This fall Ms. de Sévigné joins the core Ensemble with the Grand Théâtre de Genève to sing the roles of Phani in Les Indes Galantes, Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Clorinda in Cenerentola and L'Ange in Saint François D'Assise. Other 2019/20 engagements include the role of Venus in Le Grand Macabre with the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, a return in the role of Blonde with the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland, Mozart concerts with the Salzburg Festival, Fiakermilli in Arabella with Opernhaus Zürich and soprano soloist in Beethoven's Symphony No.9 with Maestro Kent Nagano the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
Last season Ms. de Sévigné was featured by the Grant Park Music Festival of Chicago in Carmina Burana , Mozart’s Mass in C Minor for the Elora Festival of Canada and concerts for Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Opéra de Québec. She also joined the Concertgebouw Orchestra, singing the role of La Vierge in Honegger's Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher in Amsterdam, reprised Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Opernhaus Zürich and was soprano soloist in Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Other Recent engagements have included a concert tour in China with the Salzburg YSP in collaboration with Hantang International Music Festival, Handel’s Messiah and a Coloratura Spectacular with the Edmonton Symphony, Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Fiakermilli in Arabella with the Canadian Opera Company and the Mozart's Kronöngsmesse and Exsultate, jubilate with the Mozarteum Orchestra in Spain.
From 2015 to 2017, Ms. de Sévigné was engaged by Opernhaus Zürich, performing the roles of Hermione in a new production of Trojan’s Orest, Feu, Princesse and Rossignol in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, as well as the role of Angelica in Haydn’s Orlando Paladino.
As a member of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble, her roles on the main stage included Despina in Cosi fan tutte, First Niece in Peter Grimes and Servilia in La clemenza di Tito.
She has been awarded prizes, top placement and grants from Placido Domingo’s Operalia Competition, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Standard Life Competition, the Montreal International Competition, Vancouver Opera Guild, the Christina and Louis Quilico Competition, the Marcello Giordani Foundation International Vocal Competition and the Annual COC Ensemble Studio Competition.
The Montreal native is also proud to be supported by the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation, SSHRC Bombardier Master’s Research Grant, the Canadian Opera Volunteer Committee as well as the Leanara Foundation in Zürich.
Ms. de Sévigné is proud to be a graduate of the Zürich IOS Studio, Salzburg YSP and the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble. She holds a Master’s degree in Opera from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Montreal’s McGill University.