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 from which she graduated with honors and outstanding academic recognition. Whilst at the Peabody Conservatory, Ms Mainguené studied with Phyllis Bryn-Julson and Stanley Cornett.
In 2010, the young soprano became a member of the Opernklasse at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg Austria pursuing a Master in Opera. She studied and continues to study with the Roumanian bass B. Bakow and her coach A. Misciaci. She graduated from the Mozarteum with an unanimous first degree honor Diploma. During her stay in Salzburg Solen was an active member of the Mozart Opern Institut young artist program and the Salzburg Universitätsorchester as a cellist.
Ms Mainguené is the recipient of numerous awards, scholarships and competition prizes such as: the Virginian Vocal Society, the G.W Bush Academic Achievement Award and the Schlenger’s Scholarship. Solen’s studies were supported almost entirely by generous merit donations from Marleigh Baratz, the Peabody Institute and the Mozarteum University. She was also the recipient of a grant from the Körber Stiftung, the Ursula-Rahman Stiftung as well as the Berenberg Bank.
Ms Mainguené benefited from the guidance of numerous world leading singers in Masterclass settings: Cheryl Studer, Andrzej Dobber, Ann Murray, 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, Micaela in Carmen, 1st Lady and Papagena die Zauberflöte, Barbarina in le nozze di Figaro, Taummänchen in Hänsel und Gretel, the Peace Messenger in Wagner’s Rienzi, Gianetta in l’Elisir d’amore, a Polowetzer Maiden in Prince Igor, Blumenmädchen in Parsifal, Cunibert in Telemann’s Flavius Bertaridus…
Solen is enjoying a free-lancer’s career and appears as a guest on stages all over Europe amongst them: the Sevilla Teatro della Maestranza, the Braunschweig Opera, the Mozarteum Salzburg, the Luebeck Opera, the Leipzig Opera, the Hannover Opera, the Koblenz Opera, the Innsbruck Early Music Festival as well as the Herkulessaal of the Residenz Platz Munich and the Glocke in Bremen.
Ms Mainguené collaborated with numerous prestigious orchestras: the Hamburg Philharmonic, the Nord Deutscher Rundfunk, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Academia Montis Regalis, the Prag Philharmonic or the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla with conductors such as: Simone Young, S. Soltesz, A. Soddy, A. Eschwé, Lawrence Foster, M. Foremny, E. Delamboye or A. de Marchi.
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, Micaela in Carmen, Contessa in le Nozze di Figaro and Nedda in Pagliacci.