Clare McCaldin, mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Clare McCaldin has built a diverse career following her debut in the 2000 Salzburg Easter Festival Simon Boccanegra (as Un’Ancella) for Claudio Abbado. At the Royal Opera Clare has performed Cousin/Madama Butterfly, Apprentice/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and La Servante/Manon. Other roles include Meg Page/Falstaff (Iford Arts), Fox/The Cunning Little Vixen & Örsze/Hary Janos (Ryedale Festival) and Oreste/La Belle Hélène (Diva Opera). In concert Clare has sung Bach Matthew Passion (King’s College, Cambridge/Cleobury), Mozart Requiem and C Minor Mass (Three Choirs Festival/Partington), Walton Facade (Music of Renown Ensemble) and Bach St. Mark Passion (Barokksolistene Norway). In the 2012 BBC Proms she sang one of the Twins in Debussyʼs Martyrdom of St Sebastien with Knussen/BBCSO, which she reprises at this summer’s Edinburgh International Festival.

Clare is recognised for her advocacy of new work. She has performed music by Hugh Wood, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Cecilia McDowell, Errollyn Wallen, Alexander l’Estrange and created roles and scenes for Opera North, Royal Opera, WNO and Aldeburgh. Madrigali dell’Estate, her CD of works written for her by Stephen McNeff was awarded four stars from BBC Music Magazine and she sings on a CD of Hugh Wood’s song-cycles to be issued later this year on the NMC label.

Clare’s company McCaldin Arts continues to promote her solo shows. This year, Haydn’s London Ladies go to the English Haydn Festival and Hexham Festival and Vivienne, (reviewed with five stars by the Evening Standard) will be performed at the Little Gidding Festival at the invitation of the TS Eliot Society. Clare also appears in Stephen McNeff’s Prometheus Drowned at the Presteigne Festival and on tour for Nova Music Opera.

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Performances with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra

Saturday 21st June, 2014: Songs by Schubert, Berlioz, Weill and Porter