Margo Arsane, Soprano

French soprano Margo Arsane began her musical education with the violin, which she studied for 15 years. She later moved onto classical singing, and after only one year of singing, she was accepted hands-down into the CNSMD (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique) in Lyon, in the class of Prof. Françoise Pollet, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music in June 2013. She continued her studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, studying with Prof. Sylvia Greenberg, and graduated with the highest possible mark (1,0) with a Master of Music “Konzertgesang”.

Since September 2015, she has been living in London and finishes her studies at prestigious Guildhall Opera Course on full scholarship, under the tutelage of Prof. Susan McCulloch.

Margo’s 2016/17 season promises to be a very exciting one:

She will make her baroque debut under the baton of renowned conductor Hervé Niquet (Le Concert Spirituel), in a production of Les Amants Magnifiques by Lully/Molière that will tour several Opera houses in France, where she will sing the roles of Climène/1st Amour/1st Grecque.

She will also make her role debut as Nanetta in Verdi’s Falstaff, with the Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Tim Redmond.

With Guildhall Opera, she will be in a double-bill production of Stravinsky’s Mavra and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, where she will be respectively Parasha and Brigitta.

Prizewinner at several International Competitions

Margo has been awarded several prizes at international competitions:
In August 2014, she won the Special Prize in both categories (Opera and French Melody) at the 26th International Voice Competition in Marmande, France.
In August 2013, she won 1st Prize at the “Humor” Competition of the Mozarteum’s Sommerakademie in Salzburg, as well as the “Salzburg Kulturfond” prize, leading to her participation in a concert at the Salzburg Festival 2013.
In February 2013, she was the youngest finalist and “Young Hope” prize winner at the 23rd International Voice Competition of Clermont-Ferrand.
In June 2015, she is a Finalist in the Armel Opera Competition in Budapest.

A wide and varied repertoire

Margo’s past operatic roles include Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro Mozart (Royaumont – René Jacobs), Frau Fluth Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor Nicolai (Munich HMT), Mélisande Pelléas et Mélisande Debussy (Festival Pentecôte en Berry), Concepcion L’Heure Espagnole Ravel (Festival Pentecôte en Berry), Armande Alexandre Bis Martinu (Guildhall Opera), Alice Le Comte Ory Rossini (Cadogan Hall) Trujaman El Retablo de Maese Pedro Falla (CNSM). She also sung excerpts of the roles of Sophie Der Rosenkavalier Strauss, Giulietta I Capuleti ed I Montecchi Bellini, Adina L’Elisir d’Amore Donizetti, Ensoleillad Chérubin Massenet, Comtesse Adèle Le Comte Ory Rossini (Guildhall Opera).

Highlights on the concert platform include Haendel’s Messiah with Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu in Lyon in December 2015, and Bach’s Johannes-Passion in Munich HMT alongside Julian Pregardien as Evangelist.

A strong will to always keep on learning and bettering herself

In masterclasses, Margo has worked with internationally renowned artists such as René Jacobs (Royaumont 2015), Leontina Vaduva (ENOA workshop at the DNO Amsterdam, 2014), Gerd Ücker (ENOA Workshop in Munich, 2015), Helen Donath and Klaus Donath (Salzburg Summer Academy 2013, IMAS 2013, Encuentro de Santander 2013, Rostock Sommerakademie 2012), Teresa Berganza (Encuentro de Santander 2014), Margret Honig (Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival 2012).

Uninterrupted support from sponsors and Foundations

Margo has hold scholarships from the Kathleen Trust and the William Barry Trust (2015/16), the DAAD (2013 to 2015), the city of Salzburg’s “Kulturfond” (2013), the “Leg Vallas” (2011), the “Mécénat Musical Société Générale” (2013), and the “Musiciens Ensemble” (2012 and 2014)

She is currently generously funded by the Worshipful Company of Mercers, the Peace and Prosperity Trust, and the Simon Fletcher Trust, and is very grateful for their support.

(August 2016)