Claire de Sévigné
New England Encouragement Award 2012

Montréal native Claire de Sévigné joined Opera Theatre of St. Louis last season as the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute. The soprano was also the First Niece in Peter Grimes with the Canadian Opera Companyand Despina in a COC Studio production of Così fan tutte. In concert she was soloist in Bach’s “Magnificat” with the VOCA Chorus of Toronto, and in music of Vivaldi with the Aradia Ensemble and at the Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa. She began this season with a recital of opera and songs in Toronto’s Shaftesbury Salon Series.


A recent graduate of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, Claire also holds a Bachelor degree from McGill University and a Masters in opera from the University of Toronto, where she performed the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Cunegonde in Candide, and Flaminia in Haydn’s Il mondo della luna and received the 2011 Distinguished Graduate Award. Claire has received advanced professional development at the Aspen Opera Theater Center (2011-2012), Vancouver Opera’s Young Artist Coaching Intensive (2012), the Tafelmusik Baroque Institute (2011), the International Vocal Arts Institute (2009), Brevard Janiec Opera Company (2009), and Opera NUOVA (2008). Also on Claire’s resume are the title role in workshop performances of Aaron Gervais’ new opera The Enslavement and Liberation of Oksana G for Tapestry New Opera, and Cleopatra in Handel’s  Giulio Cesare with Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings Orchestra at the Centre for Opera Studies in Sulmona, Italy. She has appeared in concert with the Peterborough Singers, the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, the Aspen Festival Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Aldeburgh Connection.


 Claire’s prizes include the 2013 Vancouver Opera Guild’s Career Development Grant and second place in the 2013 Christina and Louis Quilico Competition. In 2012 she was a finalist in the Marcello Giordani Foundation International Vocal 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).


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