Bridgewater Sinfonia, Berkhamsted

Clare McCaldin


Clare McCaldin, mezzo soprano March 2023
Clare McCaldin is a lyric mezzo soprano. Her diverse career spans the opera stage and concert platform, including the Salzburg Easter Festival, Royal Opera, English National Opera, BBC Proms, Radio 3, Oxford Lieder, Three Choirs Festival and Edinburgh International Festival. She has appeared with professional vocal ensembles such as the BBC Singers and London Voices, and as a soloist with Claudio Abbado, Esa Pekka-Salonen, Oliver Knussen, CHROMA and the Brodsky Quartet. Her operatic stage roles include Fox (Cunning Little Vixen), Meg Page (Falstaff) and Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus).

In addition to her significant solo discography of contemporary vocal repertoire, Clare has commissioned, produced and performed a number of solo shows. These range from narrated entertainments using existing repertoire (Haydn’s London Ladies about the composer’s visits to London) and Over My Shoulder (the lives of Elisabeth Schumann and Jessie Matthews), to brand new works for the stage. The critically-acclaimed Vivienne (about TS Eliot’s first wife) was written for her in 2013 and the ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ hit Mary’s Hand (about Queen Mary I) by Martin Bussey and Di Sherlock toured the UK in 2018-19.

More recently Clare has programmed and performed a series of concerts marking the life and work of Stephen Sondheim, and is currently working on a new programme profiling the songs and history of Cole Porter. In partnership with the Brodsky Quartet and composer Robert Davidson, she has also just completed a new work responding to Haydn’s Seven Last Words from the Cross.