Claron McFadden studied voice at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Her celebrated opera roles are numerous and varied, including the title role of Lulu (Berg) conducted by Sir Andrew Davis and The controller in Jonathan Dove's Flight, both performed at Glyndebourne; Zerbinetta in Graham Vick's production of Ariadne aug Naxos (Strauss) at the Dutch National Opera, where she has also performed many times; and numerous projects she has toured throughout Europe, including Dido and Aeneas (Purcell) and Les Indes Galantes (Rameau), which she also performed at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. In August 2007 Claron McFadden was awarded the Amsterdam prize of the Arts.
She sings many of the major oratorio works, but is also in demand for her interpretation of modern and contemporary music, in particular the music of Wolfgang Rihm and Harrison Birtwistle. She performed in the world premiere of Birtwistle's The Woman and the Hare at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and in August 2009 at the BBC Proms with the Nash Ensemble. She has collaborated several times with Jörg Widmann and with the Bayerische Staatsoper, in particular for Babylon (Jörg Widmann).
Claron worked with conductors like Kurt Masur, Sir Andrew Davis, Hartmut Haenchen, René Jacobs, Marc Minkowsky, Trevor Pinnock, Neeme Järvi en Fabio Biondi and in concert venues as e.g. Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Covent Garden and the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Gewandhaus in Leipzig and on the big stages in Boston and Tanglewood (USA), Poland, Italy and Japan.
Her many recordings include The woman and the Hare (nominated for a Grammy award), Birtwistle’s Paul Celan Songs, Haydn’s Orfeo and Gluck’s Paride ed Elena with La Stagione Frankfurt and as Aspasia in Handel’s Alexander Balus with the King’s Consort for hyperion records. She has also made many television appearances, including Channel 4’s My night with Handel.
Claron McFadden made her debut as a theater maker with her monodrama "Lilith", which was premiered at the 2012 Holland Festival. Since 2010 Claron is a regular speaker at Tedx Amsterdam and her talk was put on the TEDx website.
Recent engagements were performances at the Holland Festival 2014 (Laika, Martijn Padding) 2016 and 2017, with the Bayerische Staatsoper (Babylon, Jörg Widmann), Klangforum Wien, at the Rheingau Festival, at the English National Opera as well the Opéra de Lyon (Sunken Garden, Michel van der Aa) and Ensemble Intercontemporain; Ardetti Quartet, Munich Chamber Orchestra and Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Claron McFadden also sang as part of the coronation of the King of the Netherlands, King Willem Alexander. With Theater Transparant Claron took part in the productions King Arthur and Lilith, toured with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and performed the world premiere of the opera Shell Shock (Nicolas Lens) the Opéra de la Monnaie in Brussels.
Furthermore Gianni, a new production with Brandt Brauer Frick at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, concerts at the Dallas Festival, her own productions Secrets and Aubergine with Theater Transparant.
For season 2018-2019 Claron was invited by the Opera of Lyon (performances of Didon et Enée in Lyon, Ruhrtriennale); and concerts with Amsterdam Sinfonietta, ASKO|Schoenberg a.o., with Music House LOd- De Mensheid, with Transparant various production like Mitra, Mata Hari, the Valley, Harriet etc.
Season 2019/ 2020 holds invitations from English National Opera (Mask); tour through the USA with the Irish Chamber Orchestra ( Carnegie etc.), various productions with Transparant like Harriet and Mitra, a new opera production Prisoners by David Lang in Rotterdam, London, Barcelona, Brugge, Bochum, Malmö etc. a tour with Intimate Letters and the Ragazze Quartet, recital with Alexander Melnikov in the Wigmore Hall ( Dec.2019) etc.
Claron McFadden was awarded in 2007 by the city of Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Prize for the arts, her Tedx-talk can found on TED.Com and in 2019 Claron received from the Rotterdam Operadays a special Oeuvre Prize, for her wide range of her career from classical up to music theatre, contemporary, Jazz etc.