Carole Marais was born in Troyes and studied voice and cello at the Conservatory in her native city. She was a student of Baritone David Pittman-Jennings and acquired a profound knowledge of technical vocals and in 1996 she won First Prize at the UFAM Competition.
She made her debut in Paris in Célestine by Maurice Ohana and following this, she sang in Osud by Janácek with the national Orchestra of France conducted by Jeffrey Tate. With the same orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit she sang in Boris Godunov in the role of Fëdor and subsequently interpreted Maddalena in Rigoletto by Verdi. In the 1999-2000 season she performed in Nuits d'Eté by Berlioz, Bach's mass in B minor, Mozart's Requiem, Elias by Mendelssohn and Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, all conducted by Romano Gandolfi.
The following year Mr. Gandolfi invited her to sing in the Stabat Mater by Rossini with the "Giuseppe Verdi" symphonic Orchestra in Milan, while Riccardo Chailly conducted the orchestra for Beethoven's 9th Symphony during a tour in Italy. In 2001 she made her debut in the title role of Carmen and in Verdi's Requiem. In 2002 she performed in Les Noces by Stravinsky and in Aleksandr Nevskij by Prokofiev which resulted in the Contralto earning great success with the public and the critics.