REVIEWS 

Blonde in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Grand Théâtre de Genéve

January 21, 2020

"Blondchen is brilliantly sung by Claire de Sévigné"

- La Croix, January 2020

 

"Claire de Sévigné as Blondchen is a true revelation...Her voice as well as her acting is admirable. She is young, assertive, has an ideal timbre for the role, fresh and fruity, rebellious and with her top notes sounding easy and elegant and with the expected malice. “Welche Wonne” is convincing. One to follow."

- Forum Opéra, Yvan Beuvard, January 2020

 

"Even the outbursts of Blondchen - "Welche Wonne, welche Lust " and "Durch Zärtlichkeit und Schmeicheln“ - are impressively performed in almost desperate loneliness."

- Deutschland Funkkultur, January 2020

 

"As for the soprano Claire de Sévigné (Blondchen), her ethereal highs form an indisputable charm"

- ResMusica, Jacques Schmitt, January 2020

 

"Claire de Sévigné is a "soubrette" type voice very suitable for the role ... charming and well conducted, with easy trebles."

- Olyrix, Joël Heuillon, January 2020

 

"The role of Blonde by Claire de Sévigné is equipped with a light soprano and spirited character."

- Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Thomas Schacher, January 2020

 

"de Sévigné's singing is blackbird-clear and silvery."

- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Kerstine Holm, January 2020

Phani in Rameau's Les Indes Galantes with the Grand Théâtre de Genéve

December 12, 2019

"The soprano Claire de Sévigné (Phani) captures the auditorium with a very touching “Viens hymen”."

- RESMusica,  Jacques Schmitt, December 2019 

 

"The red thread between the four worlds lets beauty shine through at some moments, such as "Viens hymen”, suddenly stripped of all artifices (Claire de Sévigné, touching as Phani standing on a bed)"

– Le Temps, Sylvie Bonier, December 2019 

"Claire de Sévigné succeed as Phani with melting sounds in her fine and tender aria “Viens hymen”."

- Dreh Punkt Kultur, Oliver Schneider, December 2019

"The coveted Princess, Phani (Claire de Sévigné), plays on restraint, clarity and vocal finesse." 

- Olyrix, Charles Arden, December 2019

Mozart Matinee with the Salzburg Festival, Conducted by Raphaël Pichon

August 16, 2019

“Claire de Sévigné's tender, and surely projected coloraturas were quite intriguing.”

- Salzburger Nachrichten, August 2019 

"A palpably sincere early canzonetta from Claire de Sévigné." 

- Seen and heard international, August 2019

Blonde in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Savonlinna Festival, Finland

July 21, 2019

“Claire de Sévigné ia a wonderfully sparkling Blonde, a funny and idyllic image of a Western woman. The sound is agile and beautiful, and the character is delicious! ” 

- Itä-Savo News July 24th 2019

Venus in Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre with the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg

May 09, 2019

“The performance of coloratura soprano Claire de Sévigné as Venus is not only striking and special, because she occasionally sings to her murderous coloratura colleague previously mentioned. No, it's because these coloraturas seem to spill out of her easily, yet they do not stop her from being ravishingly funny.”

-Das Open Magazin, May 10th 2019.

Carmina Burana with the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago

August 17, 2018

"Claire de Sévigné’s lovely, refined voice made “In Trutina” the ethereal centerpiece it should be... The Canadian soprano displayed surprising reserves of vocal power and flexibility, with a stunning attack on the stratospheric coloratura of the penultimate “Dulcissime.” 

- Chicago Classical Review, Lawrence A. Johnson, August 17th 2018. 

“Carmina Burana” depends on the strengths of its vocal soloists as well, and in this regard soprano Claire de Sevigne created the most rapturous moments of the night, by far. In “Stetit puella,” her exquisitely shaped tones and radiant upper-register singing very nearly made you forget the orchestral-choral tempests that preceded her. The high notes she floated in “In trutina” and the melodic ornamentation she articulated in the stratosphere of her instrument in “Dulcissime” were serenity incarnate."

-Chicago Tribune, Howard Reich, August 17th 2018.

Blonde in Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio with the Canadian Opera Company

February 07, 2018

“That de Sévigné still managed to win us over ... with her perfectly-placed high soprano and naturally sunny stage manner.” 

- Opera Canada, Gianmarco Segato, February 8 2018. 

 

“Soprano Claire de Sévigné (Blondchen) offered her customary crystalline tone, her stratospheric top clear as a bell.” 

- Ludwig Van Toronto, Joseph So, February 8 2018. 

 

“...Soprano Claire de Sévigné in the devilishly tricky role of Blonde. Her bright, agile, and free sound was a scene stealer, not to mention her plucky characterization. Blonde was feisty but still loveable.” 

- Schmopera, Greg Finney, February 9 2018

“Claire de Sévigné was charmingly effervescent in the role of sassy lady’s maid Blonde...Her nimble soubrette coloratura soared like a carefree bird through the intricate passages and shimmering high notes of Durch Zärtlichkeit und Schmeicheln.”

- Mooney on Theater, February 15 2018.

The Fiakermilli in Strauss's Arabella with the Canadian Opera Company

October 06, 2018

"This high, coloratura showpiece of a role was sung with secure, pointed tone—and not a hint of the dominatrix—by former COC soprano Claire de Sévigné."

-Opera Canada, Gianmarco Segato, Oct 6 2017 

"One of the many highlights of the evening, Claire de Sévigné's marvelous, light coloratura as The Fiakermilli was a welcome variation in sound."

- Broadway World, Oct 6 2017

"...former COC Ensemble soprano Claire de Sévigné a standout as Fiakermilli... Kudos to de Sévigné who managed to make the role come alive."

- Ludwig Van Toronto, Joseph So, Oct 6 2017

"...de Sévigné looked stunning, navigated the ridiculous coloratura with apparent ease and was obviously having fun dominating the male guests at the ball."

-  Opera Ramblings, Oct 6 2017

Claire de Sévigné stole the show when she entered the stage...her colouratura was breathtaking, with incredible agility in the melismas and high notes that were clear and sailing and sparkling. She's turning heads on world stages and it's not hard to see why.”

-  Schmopera, Greg Finney, October 11 2017

 

"A nice surprise is Claire de Sévigné, whose brief performance as party girl Milli is a delight, her pure coloratura as sparkling as her presence."

-  Toronto Now, Glenn Sumi, October 12 2017

 

“Soprano Claire de Sévigné overcame the vocal and dramatic challenges, delivering a performance of substantial charm.”

-  Partette, Li Kashani, October 16 2017

 

"... de Sévigné’s clear and skilled coloratura soprano brilliantly plays against the staging of the scene... Her commanding stage presence demonstrates the power women possess in the show, and reaffirms the outstanding vocal technique of the soprano roles in Arabella.”

- The Strand, Georga Lin, Oct 18 2017

Hermione in Trojan's Orest with Opernhaus Zürich

January 31, 2017

"Claire de Sévigné captivates with an exemplary, unaffected and flawless opaque coloratura and gives this figure tremendous credibility."

-Badische Zeitung, Alexander Dick, February 2017

"Bright as a bell soprano voice from Claire de Sévigné"

- Neue Musikzeitung, Georg Rudiger, February 2017 

 

"Light, bright, bird-like singing, from the coloratura soprano Claire de Sévigné as Hermione, who mastered the overly challenging and difficult large interval jumps." 

-Oper Aktuell, Kaspar Sannemann, February 2017

 

"The young Canadian soprano startled with the breadth of her range, and her silvery voice and ballerina-like costume made the perfect delicate counterpart to the wight of the other characters"

-Bachtrack, Sarah Batschelet, February 2017

Blonde in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Opernhaus Zürich

October 31, 2016

“The young soprano Claire de Sévigné integrates her role as Blonde with brilliance. The voice is deliberately fragile. It ensures the treble with a lightness and a transparent finesse. The intentions and rebellious expressions are mastered by the singer, who embodies a Blonde sometimes petty but also sensitive and cute.”

-Olyrix, Marjorie Cabrol, November 2016

“The soprano Claire de Sévigné depicts a spicy Blondchen, borrowing little energy from a bland romanticism. Her vocal flexibility and the intense clarity with which she approaches the character of Blondchen reveals all her independence... Very expressive and able to execute high ornate treble, Claire de Sévigné seems to fully flourish in this role.” 

-Bachtrack, Maeva Da Cruz, November 2016

Claire de Sevigné is a very vocally convincing Blonde...She is exciting in her two arias and impressive in her Duet with Osmin, especially in unexpected bass.”

-Operaphile Blog, November 2016

Angelica in Haydn's Orlando Paladino with Opernhaus Zürich

April 30, 2017

"The role of Angelica was performed with distinction by Canadian coloratura soprano Claire de Sévigné... de Sévigné was an arresting presence as the self-absorbed Angelica, impressive from her enchanting first aria Palpita ad ogni istante through her introspective final act aria Dell’estreme sue voci dolenti." 

- Opera Warhorses, May 2016  

 

" First there is Canadian Claire de Sévigné as Queen Angelica, whose beautiful sounding, precise, endless breath-full phrasing brings out the expressiveness and depth of Haydn's music in a touching and sparkling way through her brilliant high coloratura."

- Herbert Battier, Wintherthur News, May 2016  

"Claire de Sévigné allowed us to take a full bath in her self inflicted heartache, full of fervour, which was demonstrated in the extensive and highly demanding coloratura."

- Simone Bittermann, Bündner Tagblatt News May 2016 

"An exceptional vocal contribution was delivered by the Canadian soprano Claire de Sévigné as Angelica."

- Alessandro Anghinoni, Place de L'Opera Magazine, May 2016 

The Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute with the Opera Theater of St. Louis

May 24, 2014

"Claire de Sévigné as a striking Queen of the Night"

- Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, June 20, 2014

 

"Dispatched the high-flown coloratura with laserlike precision and tonal beauty."

- Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, June 20, 2014

 

"There's nothing silly, though, about Canadian de Sévigné's soaring soprano, which defies belief while you hear her crisply and deliberately pierce a series of singular notes in the Queen's aria, Hell's Vengeance Boils in My Heart (English translation)....In her OTSL debut de Sévigné possesses the show's best voice" 

- Mark Bretz, laudenews.com, June 2, 2014

 

"Grand and glamorous she masters the role. Her vengeance aria is full of those amazing coloratura fireworks that dance among the scattered notes with laser-like precision."

- operaworld.com, May 27, 2014

 

"The vocal marvel of the night, who received sustained ovations after each of her major arias, was Claire de Sévigné, dashing off her precision coloratura cadenzas with seeming effortlessness, with excursion into the stratosphere of notes above high C."

- operawarhorse.com, May 25, 2014

Despina in Mozart's Così Fan Tutte, Ensemble Studio Production with the Canadian Opera Company

February 06, 2014

"de Sévigné is a coloratura soprano with bite. Her voice may have the quick mercury of her fach, but nonetheless, it produces a sound that is much more than feather light, and therefore, more interesting."

- Paula Citron, paulacitron.ca, February 21, 2014

 

"Claire de Sévigné's Despina, the worldly-wise maid, was a perfect flirtatious meddler and a good comic actor, too, her soaring voice helping to define Despina's playfulness."

- Jon Kaplan, Now Magazine, February 7, 2014

 

"Anchoring the piece were the Don Alphonso of Gordon Bintner and the Despina of Claire de Sévigné.  Both were impressive.....Claire was in her element.  She's a good comic actor and she made the most of her opportunities.  The part sits nicely for her voice too and we got a very convincing Una donna a quindici anni with similar bite in In uomini, in soldati, sperare fedelta."

- John Gilks, operarambling.com, February 8, 2014

First Niece in Britten's Peter Grimes with the Canadian Opera Company 

October 08, 2013

"Soprano Claire de Sévigné excelled as the First Niece. Throughout the year she's been in the ensemble Studio this young woman has developed formidable mastery of adding small nuances to her gestures to make her presence noticeable without drawing attention away from where the action is centrally focused."

- Brian Hay, norules-nolight.com, October 9, 2013

Cabaret Concert with Music Academy of the West

August 12, 2013

"Two of the very best numbers were delivered in Italian....Claire de Sévigné's ravishing Il baccio... "

- Charles Donelan, Santa Barbara Independent, August 13, 2013

Queen of the Night in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with the Music Academy of the West

August 01, 2013

"The Queen of the Night is not strictly a comic role, but rather a genre-bending, mind-boggling piece of Mozartian musical mischief, and de Sévigné made splendid sense out of her notoriously difficult arias."

- Charles Donelan, Santa Barbara Independent, August 5, 2013 

 

 "As a crowd-pleasing Queen of the night, Claire de Sévigné effectively projected the grandeur and indignation required by the role."

- Edmond Johnson, Opera News, Aug 2, 2013

Servilia in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito Ensemble Studio Production with the Canadian Opera Company

February 18, 2013

"de Sévigné made Servilia, usually a secondary role, a major player in this production: playful, flirtatious and with some of the sweetest singing in the cast."

- Jon Kaplan, Now Magazine, Feb 19, 2013

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