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Claron McFadden* Soprano

Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau

“A description of its significance for the opera and music theater landscape in the Netherlands – and far beyond – can only contain superlatives. With inexhaustible energy and generous humanity, she constantly explores new horizons in the performing arts.” Festival Operadagen Rotterdam – presentation of special oeuvre prize ODR awards

American soprano Claron McFadden studied at the Eastman School of Music in New York and graduated cum laude in 1984. She made her operatic debut in 1985 at the Holland Festival in Hasses l'Eroe Cinese. Claron McFadden has since established herself as one of the most versatile singers of her generation.


Claron McFadden has worked with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Residentie Orkest, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, The King's Consort and the MDR, SWR and WDR Symphony Orchestra. She could be heard in Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri, Rêves d'un Marco Polo and Copernicus by Claude Vivier, Purcell's King Arthur, in the role of Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni, in Les Indes Galantes by Rameau, in The Mask of Time by Tippett, in Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, Les Dialogues des Carmélites by Poulenc and Rage d'amours by Rob Zuidam, English National Opera (Sunken Garden, Michel van der Aa) Shell Shock ( N. Lens- de Munt), Holland Festival 2014 (Laika, Martijn Padding) and made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra during the Holland Festival. She has also collaborated with the Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Klangforum Wien and others.


The Dutch soprano has performed with highly successful conductors including Kurt Masur, Sir Andrew Davis, Hartmut Haenchen, René Jacobs, Christoph Rousset, Marc Minkowsky, Trevor Pinnock, Neeme Järvi and Fabio Biondi and in venues such as Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Covent Garden , the Royal Albert Hall in London (BBC Proms), the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and on the major stages in Boston and Tanglewood (USA), Poland, Italy and Japan.


She has also performed in productions of internationally renowned opera houses such as Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Bayerische Staatsoper, Dutch National Opera and Ballet in Amsterdam and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Opera of Lyon, Opera of Munich, Covent Garden, Opera de Munt and others. and was a regular guest at festivals such as Aix-en-Provence, Holland Festival, Rheingau Festival etc.


Claron McFadden has made many CD recordings, including Acis and Galatea by Händel (Robert King), Orfeo (Haydn; La Stagione Frankfurt), Les Indes Galantes (Rameau; William Christie), Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria (Monteverdi; René Jacobs), Life Story (Thomas Adès) and Brian Ferneyhough's Fourth String Quartet with the Arditti Quartet.


Claron is Artist in Residence at production house Transparant (Belgium) and has sung in various productions throughout Europe and beyond, such as with Secrets and Aubergine, Mitra, Mata Hari, the Valley as well as with music house LOD – De Mensheid. She also regularly collaborates with various jazz formations such as the Jazz Orchestra of the Royal Concertgebouw, Jazz Lab and others.

Claron McFadden sang during the inauguration of King Willem Alexander on May 30, 2013.

Claron McFadden was also a judge at Cardiff Singer of the World Competition 2015 and the Wigmore Hall.

Claron McFadden was awarded the Amsterdam Prize for the Arts in 2007 and her 2010 TEDx talk has been posted on TED.Com. During the Rotterdam Opera Days 2019 (ODR awards), Claron McFadden received a special oeuvre prize.

In April 2020 Claron McFadden received a royal decoration and was appointed Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau