The mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine, who hails from the town of Narbonne, trained at the Paris Conservatoire where she was awarded her diploma with distinction in 2007. In 2009 she was nominated ADAMI “classical revelation” and won the special jury prize in Marmande in 2010. In 2011, she was nominated “vocal revelation of the year” at the Victoires de la Musique Classique Awards and won 6th prize in the Queen Elizabeth Competition. In 2012, she was awarded the Nadia and Lili Boulanger Prize at the Academy des Beaux Arts and the European Prize for Culture, conferred on her by Chancellor Helmut Schmidt in Berlin.
In 2012 she joined the Deutsche Oper company in Berlin where she performed the roles of Carmen, Delilah, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Frederica in Luisa Miller, Princess Clarice in The Love of Three Oranges, Isaura in Tancredi, Anna in The Trojans, Marguerite in The Damnation of Faust etc. She has interpreted the title role in Carmen with Dallas Opera and Montreal Opera and performed in a concert version of The Trojans in Marseille. Concert performances include Verdi’s Requiem, (Klagenfurt, Berlin Deutsche Oper), La Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini conducted by Michel Piquemal, the Dvorak Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, Elijah by Mendelssohn, the Christmas Oratorio by Saint-Saëns, Mozart’s Requiem and Mussorgsky’s song cycle Songs and Dances of Death at the Abbaye de Royaumont.
This season, Clémentine Margaine is singing the title role in Carmen with Washington National Opera, Opera Australia in Sydney, the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto and at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. She will also be making two important debuts: in Bilbao in the role of the Duke of Nottingham in Roberto Devreux by Donizetti and at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva in the role of Dido in The Trojans.