Just in: Salzburg plucks French mezzo for absent Joyce

Just in: Salzburg plucks French mezzo for absent Joyce


norman lebrecht

June 10, 2016

The Salzburg Festival has named the rising but not-terribly-experienced Clémentine Margaine to replace Joyce DiDonato in this summer’s production of Nicolai’s Il Templario.

Margaine, 31, was a cast member of Deutsche Oper Belin in 2011-12, then spent a season at Dallas.

She’s becoming something of a new-gen go-to Carmen.

Clémentine Margaine


  • Gerda Hartman says:

    this is a wonderful opportunity and challenge for Clémentine, one of the most gifted, profound and beautiful young artists today.

  • Nicole Allemann says:

    Magnifique surprise pour cette jeune mezzo qui le mérite bien! Tous mes vœux pour cette première.

  • Respect says:

    Salzburg standards are really slipping, judging by Margaine in this excerpt.
    Hysterically to hear the kinds howling in tears whe she goes into the second verse. “Make her stop, Maman!”