As the Queen of the Night, Claire de Sévigné, “dispatched the high-flown coloratura with laserlike precision – and tonal beauty” (Dallas News, June 2014). This demanding role marked her Opera Theater of St. Louis debut and heralds the arrival of a major new talent in the operatic arena. Ms. de Sévigné is a recent graduate of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, and her roles on the main stage included Despina in COSI FAN TUTTE, First Niece in PETER GRIMES and Servilia in LA CLEMENZA DI TITO. As cover artist, she was responsible for the roles of Constance in DIALOGUES DES CARMELITES and Pedro in DON QUICHOTTE.
Ms. de Sévigné sang Queen of the Night at the Music Academy of the West. Other roles include Flaminia in IL MONDO DELLA LUNA, Cunegonde in CANDIDE, and the title roles in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR and HANSEL AND GRETEL with the University of Toronto. She created the role of Oksana in THE ENSLAVEMENT AND LIBERATION OF OKSANA G for Tapestry New Opera and, at the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, she sang Cleopatra in GIULIO CESARE with Thirteen Strings Orchestra. During studies at Opera McGill, she added Lisette in LA RONDINE, Lucia in THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA, and Cérès in THÉSÉE to her repertoire.
The Montréal native has appeared in concert with Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings, Aradia Ensemble, VOCA Chorus of Toronto, Peterborough Singers, Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, Aspen Festival Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, the Music and Beyond Festival and the Aldeburgh Connection. Her repertoire includes Bach’s MAGNIFICAT IN D and Cantata No. 51, Fauré’s REQUIEM, Handel’s MESSIAH and Vivaldi’s MAGNIFICAT and selected solo cantatas.
She obtained her Master’s degree in opera from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from McGill University. The Aspen Opera Theater Center (2011-2012), Vancouver Opera’s Young Artist Coaching Intensive (2012), Tafelmusik Baroque Institute (2011), the International Vocal Arts Institute (2009), Brevard Janiec Opera Company (2009), and Opera NUOVA (2008) provided advanced professional development.
Ms. de Sévigné received the 2013 Vancouver Opera Guild’s Career Development Grant and she was awarded 2nd place in the 2013 Christina and Louis Quilico Competition. In 2012 she was a finalist in the Marcello Giordani Foundation International Vocal Competition, a New England Regional Finalist, winning an Encouragement Award in the Metropolitan Opera Competition, placed second in the First Annual COC Ensemble Studio Competition and was a Semi-Finalist in the 2011 Palm Beach Opera Competition. She is also proud to be supported by the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation (2012), SSHRC Bombardier Master’s Research Grant (2010), and the Canadian Opera Volunteer Committee (2010).