Mezzo Soprano Clara O’Brien’s European career began with the 1st International Coloratura Competition, Sylvia Geszty when she was awarded the Sonderpreis des Badischen Staatstheaters; a solo contract with the State Theater of Baden, Germany. She has appeared on the stages of many European cities including Berlin, Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Dresden and Frankfurt.  Her performances have been noted in Opernwelt as Best Performances in both the Emerging and Established Artist categories.  Other awards include 1st Prize, Erika Köth Meisterkurs and Finalist in the International Belvedere Competition. In the United States, she has sung with the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Center for American Artists, the Aspen Music Festival, the Dallas Opera and Eastern Music Festival and various regional musical organizations. Her many roles range from Baroque to contemporary and include Octavian, Komponist, Adalgisa, Mignon, Dorabella, Donna Elvira, Elisabetta (Maria Stuarda), Rosina, Cenerentola, Musetta, Hélène (La Belle Hélène), Fenena (Nabucco) and numerous roles at the International Händel Festspiel.

Clara O’Brien is also a recitalist and has won Grand Prix Paul Derenne, International Concours de chant de Paris for her interpretation of Impressionist and post-Impressionist French mélodie.  She is also a noted interpreter of late-Romantic and Modernist German Lieder.  Her recordings include releases on the Bella Musica, Albany Records, Divine Arts and ABLAZE labels and she has been recorded and broadcast on Southwest German Radio and Television.

Ms O’Brien studied at the Eastman School of Music (M.M., Performer’s Certificate) and the Dana School of Music (B.M., Summa cum laude) and completed her stage training at the Curtis Institute of Music. She was a Fulbright Scholar and was awarded a fellowship to the Münchener Singschul’.  She returned to the U.S. and is currently Associate Professor of Voice at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She has also taught at the American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz, Austria and teaches master classes throughout the United States.

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