Claire Gagnier

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Claire Gagnier

Claire Gagnier (born March 28, 1924 in Montreal ) is a Canadian opera singer (soprano).


The daughter of the musician René Gagnier took singing lessons from Roger Filiatrault when she was fourteen . In 1944 she won the Singing Stars of Tomorrow competition of the CBC and went on a scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music in New York, where she studied with Jean Dansereau . In 1945 she made her debut at His Majesty's Theater in Montreal with the ensemble of the Metropolitan Opera in the role of Susanna in Mozart's opera The Marriage of Figaro . In the same year she sang Micaëla in Bizet's Carmen at the Montreal Festivals .

In the following years she performed in the USA and Canada with musicians such as Grace Moore , Witold Małcużyński , André Kostelanetz and Percy Faith and participated in numerous radio and television productions of the CBC (including La Bohème , 1955, 1961; Così fan tutte , 1956; Madame Butterfly , 1958). In 1957 she sang Zerlina from Mozart's Don Giovanni at the St-Denis Theater . She also sang operettas and musical comedies for the CBC productions Sérénade and À la claire fontaine .

In 1962 she worked on the film adaptation of Gluck's Orpheus and Eurydice (alongside Léopold Simoneau and Pierette Alarie , conductor Otto-Werner Mueller ).

In 1972 Gagnier received the Prix ​​de musique Calixa-Lavallée . In 1974 she performed with the Opéra du Québec in Montreal and Quebec as Zerlina. In 1990 she became a member of the Ordre du Canada , in 1996 of the Panthéon canadien de l'art lyrique .

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