International lyric soprano Solen Mainguené is an emerging talent from Orange in Provence, south of France. Solen started her undergraduate training in cello and voice at the age of 15 at le Conservatoire de Rennes in France. She then undertook a Bachelor at the prestigious Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, U.S.A under the tutelage of the tenor Stanley Cornett, shortly followed by Master from the Opernklasse at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg Austria. She studied and continues to study with the Roumanian bass B. Bakow and the renowned coach A. Misciaci. Solen’s studies were supported almost entirely by generous merit and private donations from Marleigh Baratz, the Schlenger’s merit scholarship, the Körber Stiftung, the Ursula-Rahman Stiftung, as well as the Berenberg Bank. Ms Mainguené benefited from the guidance and inspiration of numerous world leading singers in private and masterclass settings: Cheryl Studer, Andrzej Dobber, Ailyn Perez, Tatiana Lisnic, George Petean, Marilyn Horn, John Shirley-Quirk or Anna Tomowa-Sintow... In 2012, the soprano became a member of the prestigious Opera Studio of the Hamburg State Opera and since then still appears regularly as a guest. Whilst in Hamburg Solen performed numerous roles, amongst others: Musetta in la Bohème, 1st Lady in Magic Flute or again Micaela in Carmen. Solen is enjoying a free-lancer's career and appears as a guest on stages all over Europe In 2016 she did her debut as Countess Almaviva in le Nozze di Figaro at the Theater Koblenz, and appeared as Musetta in Puccini La Bohéme as well as Grete in Zemlinsky’s Traumgörge at the Hannover State Opera, as well as Musetta at the Theater Lűbeck. Ms Mainguene also made her Debut at the prestigious Leipzig Opera in the role of Peace Messenger in Wagner’s Rienzi in collaboration with the Gewandhaus Orchester. In 2015, she was nominated by the prestigious Opera Magazine Opernwelt as rising young singer of the year for her critically acclaimed interpretation of Catherine Earnshaw in Herrmann’s Wuthering Heights at the Theater Braunschweig. Previously she appeared at the renowned Innsbruck early music festival Festwochen der Alten Musik as Silandra in Cesti’s L’Orontea.
Her current repertoire comprises: Marguerite in Faust, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, Adina in l'Elisir d'amore, Musetta and Mimi in la Boheme, Manon in Manon, Violetta in la Traviata, Liu in Turandot, Luisa in Luisa Miller, Micaela in Carmen, Contessa in le Nozze di Figaro and Nedda in Pagliacci. On the concert stage, Ms Mainguene appeared in Honneger’s Jeanne D’Arc au bucher with the Hamburg Philharmonic in collaboration with famous 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 Dovraks Stabat Mater. Solen Mainguené benefitted from the mantoring of the renowned Australian Conductor Simone Young with whom she collaborated vastly at the Hamburg State Opera, other collaborating conductors include: Christian Arming, David Bates, Enrico Delamboye, Alfred Eschwé, Matthias Foremny, Laurence Forster, Pedro Halffter, Axel Kober, Alessandro de Marchi, Ivan Repušić, Alexander Soddy, Stefan Soltesz, Eugen Tzigane und Alexander Vedernikov.