French mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season as the title role in Carmen.
Margaine was born in Narbonne and studied at the Paris Conservatoire. Shortly after graduating with distinction, she was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Concours International de Marmande. She subsequently joined the ensemble of Deutsche Oper Berlin, where her repertory has included her signature role of Carmen, and also Fidès (Le Prophète), Marguerite (La Damnation de Faust) and Dalila (Samson et Dalila). Her other appearances have included Carmen for Semperoper Dresden, Teatro Colón, Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, Dallas Opera, Washington National Opera, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse and the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Carmen and Concepcion (L’Heure espagnole) for Paris Opéra, Léonor (La Favorite) and Carmen for Bavarian State Opera, Léonor for the Liceu, Barcelona, Dulcinée (Don Quichotte) for Lyric Opera of Chicago, Charlotte (Werther) for the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, and Amneris (Aida) for Opera Australia.
In concert, Margaine’s appearances include Rebecca (Il templario) at Salzburg Festival, Verdi’s Requiem in Budapest, Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette with Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra under Denève, Elijah with the Orchestre National de France under Gatti, and Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Chicago and on tour under Muti.