• James Parry

World-renowned soprano back in Hudson after exceptional European road trip


PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY

Also an accomplished pianist, Claire de Sévigné (seated) is looking forward to spending some quality time with her parents in their music room where her father, John, practices the cello.

To the best of her recollection, Claire de Sévigné’s first public appearance onstage was when she was just 14 years old in the role of Diana in the Hudson Music Club's production of Anne of Green Gables. She would then go on to sing, albeit for only a year, with the Greenwood Singers together with her father who is still there today.

Today, de Sévigné is one of Canada's most acclaimed coloratura sopranos and has gone on to sing in leading opera houses and win rave reviews not only here in Canada but throughout Europe including countries such as France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and even - just this past fall - in five different cities in China.

For the past two years, while experiencing in her own words, “…an incredible road trip,” she has been mostly living in Zürich, Switzerland with the Zürich Opera house singing lead roles on the main stage including the role of Blonde in Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio which she recently performed again this past February with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto.

She was home this week in Hudson sitting around a piano in the music room with her parents, John and Carol de Sévigné, and as she told The Journal in an exclusive interview, “I’m very happy to be back in Hudson. After many weeks on the road in Europe, it’s always nice to come home to visit my parents, regroup with some R&R including the best poutine in the world at Sauvé’s, drop by the Hudson Yacht Club and study my scores for upcoming projects. Especially in such a familiar and homey environment surrounded by nature.”

Added de Sévigné, who lived in Hudson until the age of 16, “This time I’m back for a few weeks in May and July for some upcoming recitals and concerts with the Société d’art vocal de Montréal (SAVM), Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (OSM), and Festival d’opéra de Québec. But what I particularly like about Hudson is that it really is a true diamond in the rough. There is no place like it. It’s just so beautiful by nature and rich and full with all of the different people who make Hudson what it is. It’s a very special community indeed.”

Her upcoming performances in Quebec include a recital on May 27 with the SAVM, some concerts around Montreal parks with the OSM on July 4 and 10 and a Four Sopranos Concert with the Festival d’opéra de Québec on July 24 and elsewhere in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.

Laughed de Sévigné, “I'm also going to be singing The Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in December which I’m really excited about. It means I’ll be home for Christmas!”

For more information, most concert and ticket details can be found through her website at www.clairedesevigne.com.

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