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Clare McCaldin

“From the first moment, Clare McCaldin lived within, and drew us into, the atmosphere, the emotion and the meaning of each song. She was in command of a natural, ringing voice of great range of pitch, tone and dynamics, always at the service of the music. Gesture and expression of a natural actor were integral to the interpretation.”

Howard Layfield reviewing Hexham Abbey Festival recital

Clare was born in Liverpool and studied Modern Languages and History of Art while a choral scholar at Clare College, Cambridge, but began her professional life as an account director for international advertising company J Walter Thompson before becoming a professional singer.

In concert Clare has sung Bach St Matthew Passion (King’s College, Cambridge/Cleobury) and B Minor Mass (Northern Sinfonia/Halsey), Mozart Requiem and C Minor Mass (Three Choirs Festival/Partington, St. Alban’s/Vass) and premiered a new edition of Bach St. Mark Passion (Barokksolistene Norway). She has sung with the Orchestra of the Golden Age, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, Philharmonia Orchestra and Die Kölner Akademie and made her solo debut at the 2012 BBC Proms in Debussy’s Martyrdom of St Sebastian with the BBCSO/Knussen, which she repeated at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival.

With chamber ensemble, Clare has narrated Walton Façade (Music of Renown Ensemble), gave the first performance of a newly-discovered fragment of a Scarlatti cantata with the LePage Ensemble, and has performed airs de Cour with Paris-based baroque specialists La Réjouissance.

In operatic repertoire, Clare made her debut in the 2000 Salzburg Easter Festival’s Simon Boccanegra (as Un’Ancella) for Claudio Abbado. At the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, she has performed Cousin/Madama Butterfly, Apprentice/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and La Servante/Manon. Other recent roles include Meg Page/Falstaff (Iford Arts), Fox/The Cunning Little Vixen & Örsze/Hary Janos (Ryedale Festival) and Oreste/La Belle Hélène (Diva Opera), as well as Dido, Dorabella, Second Lady, Orlovsky, Siebel, Hansel, Véronique, Flora, Micah, Cyrus and Mrs Peacham.  In 2014 she sang in the premiere performances of Stephen McNeff’s chamber opera Prometheus Drowned in London, Birmingham and at the Presteigne and Canterbury Festivals.

In the contemporary repertoire roles include the Stardust Seller in Stephen McNeff’s The Gentle Giant (ROH2, Royal Opera Covent Garden), the Mezzo Actor in Judith Weir’s A Night at the Chinese Opera for Scottish Opera and Matilda/George in Errollyn Wallen’s Cautionary Tales, as well as works in development at Opera North, WNO and Aldeburgh Music.
Among her broader repertoire are movement-based projects including Wayne McGregor’s Dido & Aeneas for the Royal Opera /Royal Ballet and The Silver Swan with the Clod Ensemble, performed as a site-specific work at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern.

Through her new company McCaldin Arts she has created various solo shows, two with music by Stephen McNeff: A Voice of One Delight and Vivienne, which drew plaudits for her compelling performance, including 5 stars in the Evening Standard. She also wrote and produced a narrated concert for voice and piano, Haydn’s London Ladies.

Clare’s two solo CDs with Champs Hill Records – Madrigali dell’Estate (2013) and Notes from the Asylum (2015) – have attracted excellent reviews (4 stars for both from BBC Music Magazine). She also devised and sang on Wild Cyclamen, NMC’s disc of song cycles by Hugh Wood.

Autumn 2016

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You can listen to musical extracts from Madrigali dell'Estate

and a live recording of Berlioz Le Spectre de la Rose here

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Recordings featuring Clare McCaldin

Stephen McNeff – Madrigali dell’Estate

Music for voice by Stephen McNeff sung by Clare... READ MORE

Posted on June 14th 2014

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News featuring Clare McCaldin

Mary's Hand - new project for Clare McCaldin

Mary’s Hand is a new music theatre work about the... READ MORE

Posted on June 18th 2018

Clare McCaldin - Jessie Matthews and Elisabeth Schumann evening

Clare McCaldin has devised a new entertainment, after... READ MORE

Posted on September 13th 2017

An afternoon well spent 2 - with Clare McCaldin and Quentin Hayes in Worcester

Then on to Worcester, where Peter Nardone was... READ MORE

Posted on December 12th 2016

John Joubert Jane Eyre premiere with Clare McCaldin, Alan Fairs & Andrew Mayor

I had the privilege of attending the premiere of John... READ MORE

Posted on October 27th 2016

Pippa Goss and Clare McCaldin - new CD release

Pippa Goss and Clare McCaldin are soloists on the new... READ MORE

Posted on June 11th 2015

Clare McCaldin - new Hugh Wood CD

Clare McCaldin has released a new CD of songs by Hugh... READ MORE

Posted on May 14th 2015

Clare McCaldin at the Canterbury Festival and St Martin in the Fields

Clare McCaldin joins Nova Opera for a further... READ MORE

Posted on October 24th 2014

Clare McCaldin joins RSNO/Knussen for Edinburgh Festival opening concert

Clare McCaldin is soloist in Debussy's Le Martyre de... READ MORE

Posted on August 7th 2014

March Highlights

Always one of our busiest months… Adrian... READ MORE

Posted on March 1st 2014

Kirsty Hopkins triumphs as Hagar in Sally Beamish’s new opera at Presteigne

"Kirsty Hopkins’ clear-toned and affecting Hagar" ... READ MORE

Posted on August 22nd 2013

Clare McCaldin “captivating” – “performed fantastically” – reviews for Vivienne

Clare McCaldin‘s performance as Vivienne – TS Eliot’s... READ MORE

Posted on August 13th 2013

Two more excellent reviews for Clare McCaldin’s McNeff recording

Clare McCaldin's recording of music by Stephen McNeff... READ MORE

Posted on June 12th 2013