Spanish-born mezzo-soprano Clara – a former member of BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist – was an Independent Opera / Wigmore Hall Fellow 2009/11, and an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied.
She made her Wigmore Hall debut under the auspices of the Kirckman Concert Society in 2007, and has returned there regularly, as well as appearing in radio broadcasts and at festivals across Europe and North America with pianists Julius Drake, Graham Johnson, Simon Lepper, Malcolm Martineau, Joseph Middleton, Melvyn Tan and Roger Vignoles.
Clara made her BBC Proms debut in 2013, performing Falla’s Three Cornered Hat with the BBC Philharmonic under the baton of Juanjo Mena. Other recent highlights include a recital at the Musée D’Orsay with Dame Felicity Lott and Graham Johnson, Ravel’s Chansons Madecasses with the Nash Ensemble, Rossini’s Giovanna d’Arco with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Ravel’s Sheherazade with the Orquesta de RTVE and the BBC Philharmonic, Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic under the baton of Alexander Shelley, Mozart’s Requiem with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding, Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Real Filharmonia de Galicia under Antoni Ros Marba, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle with the BBC Singers, Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid under Alberto Zedda and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the BBC Philharmonic.
Her operatic roles include the title-role in Ariodante, Angelina (La Cenerentola), Rosina (The Barber of Seville), Melibea (Il viaggio a Reims) Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro), Tirinto (Imeneo), Piacere (Il trionfo del tempo), Cefiro (Nebra’s Vienbto es la dicha de amor), Myrtale (Thaïs) and Olga (Eugene Onegin).
Highlights of the 14/15 season include her debut at Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse as Aurora (Vive’s Doña Francisquita), appearing as Rosina at the Teatre Principal de Palma, opening the Royal Philharmonic of Galicia’s season, singing Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Berlioz Les Nuits d’ete with the Orquesta de Valencia.
Clara’s first solo recital disc of Spanish songs was released in 2010, a second disc, Heroines in Song, is expected to be released this season. She recorded Montsalvatge’s Cinco canciones negras with Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic in 2012 and features on their recent disc of music by Turina. She sings the role of Elena (Carnicer’s Elena e Malvina) in a forthcoming release with the Spanish National Orchestra.