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 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 numerous roles, amongst others: MUSETTA in "La Bohème", FIRST LADY  in "Die Zauberflöte" or again MICAELA in "Carmen". She covered numerous leading sopranos including Anita Hartig, Ailyn Perez, Nino Machaidze or Tatiana Lisnic.  

Solen is enjoying a free-lancer's career. In 2019-2020 she will sing ROSALINE in "Die Fledermaus" in Baden, Switzerland, GOVERNESS in "Turn of the screw" 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 Freiburg Theater and Winterthur Theater, NEDDA in "Pagliacci" at the Opera Grand Avignon, Reims Opera, Vichy Opera, 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 as an intimate connection with the Theater Freiburg from which she is a resident artist and appears regularly since 2017.

In September 2018, she debuted as TATJANA in "Eugene Onegin" at the Freiburg Opera and received glorious and united praise from the press for her multi-faceted characterisation, a role she will renew in 2019 .

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 as well as MIMI in "La Bohème" at the Freiburg Opera.

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 FLOWERMAIDEN in Parsifal at the Staatsoper Hamburg in the prestigious 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 that launched her career and put her vocal and dramatical skills to light. 


On the concert stage, Ms Mainguene 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. Recently she appeared at the Munich Residenz in Dovrak's "Stabat Mater".

Ms Mainguené was the 1st price winner and price for best Italian repertoire interpretation winner of the "2019 Clermont-Ferrant International Competition" 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, and a  finalist of the "Avignon Grand Opera International Competition" 

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, and Alexander Vedernikov.

Solen has a particular talent for acting, and enjoyed her prolific collaboartions with numerous renowned stage directions, amongst them: David Alden, Johannes Erath, Frank Hilbrich, Bob Wilson, Andreas Homoki, Antu Nunes, Johannes von Matuschka, Clarac Deloeuil Le Lab and David Pountney.

© 2019 by Solen Mainguené

All header Photos:©Dietmar Scholz