International lyric soprano Solen Mainguené is an emerging talent from Orange in Provence, south of France. Described by German Opernnwelt Magazine as a cross between Scarlett Johansson and a young Anna Netrebko, she is praised equally for her singing and acting skills, and delights the audiences with a full interpretation, often the result of a profound connection with some of the best stage directors and conductors of our generation.

Solen started her undergraduate training in cello and voice at the age of 15 at the "Conservatoire de Rennes" in France. She then undertook a Bachelor at the "Peabody Conservatory" of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, U.S.A, shortly followed by a Master from the Opernklasse at the "Universität Mozarteum" in Salzburg, Austria. Her teachers include: Stanley Cornett, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Boris Bakow, Alessandro Misciasci, Cheryl Studer, John Shirley-Quirk and Neil Semer.

In 2012, the soprano became a member of the prestigious Opera Studio of the Hamburg State Opera and since then appears regularly as a guest. Whilst in Hamburg, Solen performed over 20 roles, amongst others: MUSETTA in "La Bohème", FIRST LADY  in "Die Zauberflöte" or again MICAELA in "Carmen". She also covered numerous leading sopranos including Anita Hartig, Ailyn Perez, Nino Machaidze or Tatiana Lisnic in roles such as Marguerite "Faust", Luisa "Luisa Miller", Donna Elvira " Don Giovanni".

Solen is enjoying a free-lancer's career that takes her all over Europe. In 2019-2020 she will be singing VIOLETTA in " La Traviata" at Oper Halle Germany,  MANON in "Manon" at the Theater Freiburg, MUSETTA in "La Bohème" at the Hamburg Staatsoper, ANTONIA in "Les Contes d'Hoffmann" at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, TATJANA in "Eugene Onegin"  in Winterthur Theater, Switzerland, NEDDA in "Pagliacci" at the Opéra Grand Avignon, Opéra de Reims, Opéra de Vichy , Opera  de Clermont-Ferrand Opera and the St Céré Festival. LAURETTA in "Gianni Schicchi" and NEDDA in "Pagliacci" at the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival in Ireland.

Mrs Mainguené  is a resident artist of the Theater Freiburg since 2017 and performs one or two productions yearly. Since 2017 she appeared as MIMI in "La Bohème", TATJANA in " Eugene Onegin", ROSALINDE in "Die Fledermaus", GOVERNESS in "The Turn of the Screw".

In 2017-2018 she appeared very successfully, over twenty times, as VIOLETTA in "La Traviata" at the Aachen Opera, in a dramatically daring and demanding production from Ewa Teilmans, which she renewed in 2019.

In the past she appeared as COUNTESS in "Le nozze di figaro" at the Koblenz Opera, NEDDA in "Pagliacci" at the Braunschweig Opera, MUSETTA in "La Bohème" at the Hamburg State Opera, Hannover State Opera and Lübeck Opera, MICAELA in "Carmen" at the Hamburg State Opera, ANTONIA in "Les Contes d'hoffmann" at the Gelsenkirchen Theater im Revier and Freiburg Opera. 

In 2015 she did her baroque debut with Telemann's "Flavius Bertaridus" at the Hamburg Staatsoper and with Cestis "L' Orontea" at the renowned Austrian early music festival "Innsbrucker Festwochen der alten Musik".

She took her first Wagnerian steps with FLOWER MAIDEN in "Parsifal" at the Staatsoper Hamburg in the Robert Wilson production under Simone Young. Ms. Mainguené also made her debut at the Leipzig Opera in the role of PEACE MESSENGER in "Rienzi" in collaboration with the Gewandhaus Orchester as well as at the Laieszhalle Hamburg with the Hamburg Philharmonic under Simone Young. 

 

The same year, she was nominated by the opera magazine "Opernwelt" as rising young singer of the year for her critically acclaimed interpretation of CATHERINE EARNSHAW in Herrmann’s "Whuthering heights" at the Theater Braunschweig, a role and nomination that launched her career and put her vocal and dramatical skills to light. 

   

On the concert stage, Ms Mainguené appeared in Honneger’s "Jeanne D’Arc au Bucher" with the Hamburg Philharmonic in close collaboration with the French actress Fanny Ardent and Simone Young at the Laieszhalle Hamburg in 2014. She also performed Beethoven 9th in numerous renowned venues and with prestigious orchestras: NDR Sendesaal Hannover, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Glocke Bremen, Teatro de la Maestanza Sevilla, Spain. More recently she appeared at the Munich Residenz in Dovrak's "Stabat Mater".

In Summer 2020 she will make her Chorégies d'Orange debut in a televised concert along side: Cecilia Bartoli, Roberto Alagna, Aleksandra Kurzac, Artur Rucinsky and Javier Camarena.

Ms Mainguené was the 1st Price winner and ADAMI price for best Italian repertoire interpretation winner of the "2019 Clermont-Ferrant International Competition", a finalist of the Portofino International Voice competition 2020, and of the "Avignon Grand Opera International Competition" 2015. She was also a semi-finalist of the "Belvedere Competition" in Cape Town, South Africa,  the "Crown Competition" in Tbilisi, the "Montserrat Caballé Grand Prix"  in Zaragoza Spain, 

The soprano benefitted from the mentoring of the renowned Australian conductor Simone Young with whom she collaborated vastly at the Hamburg State Opera, other conductors in cooperation include: Christian Arming, David Bates, Enrico Delamboye, Alfred Eschwé, Matthias Foremny, Laurence Forster, Pedro Halffter, Axel Kober, Alessandro de Marchi, Nicholas Carter, Ivan Repušić, Alexander Soddy, Stefan Soltesz, Eugen Tzigane, Migel Campos Neto, Dan Carter, Carlo Montanaro and Alexander Vedernikov.

In summer 2020 she  will work in close collaboration with renowned French conductor Michel Plasson, and singer Sophie Koch and Ludovic Tézier on French repertoire as an invited guest of the 2020 "Michel Plasson Academy for French Music".

Solen has a particular talent and love for acting, and enjoyed her prolific collaborations with numerous renowned stage directions, amongst them: David Alden, Johannes Erath, Frank Hilbrich, Bob Wilson, Robert Hunger-Bühler, Antu Nunes, Peter Carp, Johannes von Matuschka, Clarac Deloeuil Le Lab and David Pountney.

© 2019 by Solen Mainguené

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