Claire de Sévigné
New England Encouragement Award 2012

Following her August appearance at the Salzburg Festpiele as Die Modestine in their Young Artist Project production of Der Rosenkavalier, Claire de Sévigné joined the International Opera Studio at Opernhaus Zürich for the 2015-2016 season. Her roles in Zurich this season include Ophelia Double in Wolfgang Rihm’s Die Hamletmaschine; a Saxon Priestess, a Siren, and Honor in Purcell’s King Arthur; Alice in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory;and Angelica in Haydn’s Orlando Paladino. Last season the soprano was Queen of the Night in “La Magic de Mozart” with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, after performing that role at Opera Theatre of St. Louis in June 2014. In the 2016-17 Claire will return to North America to sing Mozart’s Queen and Fiakermilli in Strauss’ Arabella.


A Montréal native and a graduate of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, Claire also holds a Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance 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. The soprano 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), the Brevard Janiec Opera Company (2009), and Opera NUOVA (2008).


On Claire’s resume: the First Niece in Peter Grimes with the Canadian Opera Companyand Despina in a COC Studio production ofCosì fan tutte;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. Claire has appeared in concert with the Aspen Festival Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the VOCA Chorus of Toronto, the Aldeburgh Connection, the Aradia Ensemble, the Peterborough Singers, and the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, and at the Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa.


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. The recipient of the University of Toronto’s 2011 Distinguished Graduate Award, Claire de Sévigné has been 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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