The American soprano Claron McFadden (°1961) graduated cum laude from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and has been living in the Netherlands since 1984. She is known for her very varied repertoire, ranging from Baroque to Contemporary music and has worked with conductors such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Frans Brüggen and Sir Andrew Davies.
Important opera roles she has sung include the title role in Lulu at Glyndebourne, the role of Zerbinetta in the Dutch Nationale Opera's production of Ariadne auf Naxos and the title role in Cavalli's La Didone at La Scala with Fabio Biondi. Furthermore was invited by many opera houses throughout Europe such as ENO, Opera de Lyon etc.
She is known for her unique interpretation of contemporary music and has many world premières to her credit, including works by Harrison Birtwistle, Jörg Widmann and Michel van der Aa.
she works regularly with The Arditti Quartet and Klangforum Wien.
She has participated in several projects that combined different art forms, like Alain Platel’s Pitié, and Ruben van Leer's dance film Symmetry, filmed at C.E.R.N.
She is frequently asked to join improvising musicians such as Kris Defoort and is a regular member of the David Kweksilber Big Band.
She is artist-in-residence at Muziektheater Transparant and has realized several multidisciplinary projects: Lilith (2012), Secrets (2015),Nightshade: Aubergine (2017) and most recently,
Façade: The last days of Mata Hari and for 18/19 Mitra and Harriet.
In 2002 She was nominated for a Grammy Award and in 2007 she was awarded the Amsterdam Prize for the Arts. She is a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Her TEDx talk in 2010 was selected to be shown on the prestigious TED.com website. In 2015 she was member of the jury of Cardiff Singer of te World Competition.