Born in Lyon, French mezzo-soprano Margo Arsane sang Sesto Giulio Cesare for English Touring Opera in 2023. She was a 2020-21 Emerging Artist at Scottish Opera and a Young Artist at Opéra National de Lyon. In the 2021-22 season she returned as Dorabella Così fan tutte for Scottish Opera and made her house and role debut as L’Enfant in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges at Landestheater Coburg, Germany. Recently she sang the title-role in the world premiere of Raising Icarus by Michael Zev Gordon at the Barber Institute, Birmingham, and Smeraldine and Linette L’amour des trois oranges at Opéra National de Lorraine.
As a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist, Margo covered Hansel Hansel and Gretel and Meg Page Falstaff, and recorded Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer with the Scottish Opera Orchestra. She was engaged as L’Enfant L’Enfant et les sortilèges at Opéra de Lyon and performed Climene and Premier Amour Lully-Molière’s Les Amants Magnifiques with Le Concert Spirituel-Hervé Niquet, Sesto (cover) Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto for Opera North, Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Scherzo Ensemble and Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro at Dartington Festival.
Margo grew up playing the violin for 15 years before training as a singer at the Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse (Lyon), Hochschule für Musik (Munich), Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio (London). She has also participated in public masterclasses with world-renowned artists Renée Fleming, Teresa Berganza, Dennis O’Neill, Gerald Finley, Helen Donath, Leontina Vaduva and Stuart Skelton.
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YouTube playlist includes:
- La giustizia ha gia sull’arco, Giulio Cesare, Handel
- Vedrai, carino, Don Giovanni, Mozart
- Air de la lettre, La Périchole, Offenbach
- Nina’s Aria, The Seagull, Pasatieri
- Depuis hier je cherche en vain mon maître!, Roméo et Juliette, Gounod (recorded 2021)
“Margo Arsane’s Sesto in particular finds a spontaneity that was powerfully affecting.”The Spectator
“Margo Arsane was all youthful excitement and anxiety…musically she made Sesto’s arias finely flexible and fluid, creating a real sense of contrast with the other voices…when done with such great musicality and style, you could not help but love her.”Opera Today
“Margo Arsane’s Dorabella was the most natural stage personality, every bit the sassy modern girl with the world at her feet, expressed through a warm toned, well-schooled high mezzo. The camera loved her.”Opera Magazine
“Her strongly flavoured mezzo a considerable asset, Margo Arsane’s Dorabella offers striking personality.”The Stage
“Arsane captured Parasha’s capriciousness and vivacity, and moved easily from the plaintive modality of her folk lament to the decorative exuberance of the role’s coloratura demands.”Opera Today