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Mariame Clément was born in Paris. After graduating from the École Normale Supérieure in Literature and History of Arts she moved to New York and then to Berlin, where she had her first operatic experience at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden. She then worked as an assistant director for various opera houses in Europe. In 2003, she won the third prize at the European Opera Directing Competition organised by Camerata Nuova and Opera Europa. Her first production was SignorBruschino / Gianni Schicchi in 2004 for the Lausanne Opera. Mariame Clément has worked in Athens (Le Comte Ory), Bern (Il viaggio a Reims, La Traviata, The Barber of Seville, La Bohème), Nancy (Rigoletto), Strasbourg (La Belle Hélène, Werther, Platée, Der Rosenkavalier, The Magic Flute, La Calisto), Anvers / Ghent (Giasone, Agrippina), at the Theater an der Wien (Castor and Pollux, The FairyQueen), in Graz (Faust, The Magic Flute), Dortmund (Le Nozze di Figaro), Nuremberg (Platée, Le Nozze di Figaro, Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in patria), Glyndebourne (Don Pasquale, Poliuto), at the Paris Opera (Hänsel und Gretel), in Essen (Le Grand Macabre, Salomé), at the Royal Opera House in London (L'Étoile), at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in patria), in Santiago de Chili (Lulu), at the Semperoper in Dresden (The Bartered Bride), at the Bregenz Festival (Don Quixote), in Seville (Agrippina). In 2014 she created Philippe Hurel's first opera, Les Pigeons d'argile, at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse. In 2016, she staged the French premiere of Wagner's second opera, Das Liebesverbot, at the Opéra national du Rhin. She also staged there Barkouf in 2018. This major piece by Offenbach, newly rediscovered, had not been performed since 1860. The production received the Best Rediscovery award at the 2019 Opera Awards. In 2020, her production of Don Quixote for the Bregenzer Festspiele received Best production of the Year Award at the Österreichischer Musiktheaterpreis. Further projects will take her, among other places, to Paris, Santa Fe, Glyndebourne and Geneva.
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