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Photo: Gareth Dayus-Jones

Clara Kanter

Voice Type:

Mezzo-Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

Opera

Mercedes
Carmen (Bizet)
The Prison Choir Project
2017
Winnie
The Miller's Wife (Mike Christie)
The Arcola Theatre, Grimeborn Festival
2013
Dritte Dame
The Magic Flute (Mozart)
Brent Opera
2013
Winnie
The Miller's Wife (Mike Christie)
Arcola Theatre, Grimeborn Festival
2013
Junon
Actéon (Charpentier)
Morley Baroque Ensemble
2012
Alto soloist
Michaelion - Mittwoch aus Licht (Stockhausen)
Birmingham Opera Company / London Voices
2012
Aunt Jane
Hugh the Drover (Vaughan-Williams)
Hampstead Garden Opera
2011

Operetta/G&S

Pitti-Sing
The Mikado (Sullivan)
Brent Opera
2014
Dame Carruthers
The Yeomen of the Guard (Sullivan)
Oxbridge Opera Company, Buxton Opera House
2013

Musical Theatre

Chorus
John Wilson Orchestra UK Tour (Various)
Maida Vale Singers
2017
Chorus
Bernstein Stage and Screen (Leonard Bernstein)
Maida Vale Singers, John Wilson, BBC Proms at RAH
2015

Chorus

Extra Chorus
Peter Grimes (Britten)
Opéra de Monte-Carlo
2018
Chorus
L'elisir d'amore (Donizetti)
Nevill Holt Opera
2016
Chorus
L'enfant et les sortilèges (Ravel)
Philharmonia Voices and Orchestra
2015
Chorus
Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky)
Philharmonia Voices and Orchestra
2015
Chorus
Orango (Shostakovich)
Philharmonia Voices and Orchestra
2013
Chorus
Carmen (Bizet)
Nevill Holt Opera
2015
Chorus
Die Fledermaus (Strauss, J)
Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Voices, RFH
2014
Chorus
La bohème (Puccini)
Nevill Holt Opera
2014
Chorus
Peter Grimes (Britten)
London Voices/Beijing International Music Festival
2013

Oratorio/Concerts

Alto soloist and chorus
Messiah (Handel)
Cadogan Hall
2017
Alto soloist
Dettingen Te Deum, Praise the Lord O my Soul (Z48) (Handel, Purcell)
Chiswick Choir
2017
Alto Soloist.
Christmas Oratorio (Bach)
Eclectic Voices
2017
San Giovanni Battista
San Giovanni Battista (Stradella)
Ensemble Diderot
2016
Alto soloist
Messiah Part I (Handel)
Handel House Singers, cond. Laurerence Cummings
2016
Alto soloist
Doug (Janice Kerbel)
Montreal Biennale
2016
Alto soloist
Bach Magnificat & Beethoven Mass in C (Various)
Norwich Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra,
2015
Alto 7
Coro (Berio)
The Norwegian Soloists Choir
2014
Alto soloist
Coronation Mass in C (Mozart)
Eastbourne Choral Society
2013
Alto soloist
Ständchen, D. 920 (Franz Schubert)
Lucy Cavendish College Choir
2008
Alto 7
Coro (Berio)
Lucerne Festival, dir. Sir Simon Rattle
2014

Session Work

RSVP Voices - Choir
The Ghost in the Shell (Clint Mansell / Lorne Balfe)
AIR Studios
2016
London Voices - Choir
The Croods (Alan Silvestri)
Abbey Road Studios
2013
London Voices - Choir
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Howard Shore)
Abbey Road Studios
2012
London Voices - Choir
Rise of the Guardians (Alexandre Desplat)
Abbey Road Studios
2012
London Voices - Choir
Snow White and the Huntsman (James Newton Howard)
Abbey Road Studios
2012
Metro Voices - Choir
Dark Shadows (Danny Elfman)
Air Studios
2012
London Voices - Choir
Harry Potter and the Deathly Shadows: Part I (Alexandre Desplat)
Abbey Road Studios
2011
London Voices - Choir
Harry Potter and the Deathly Shadows: Part II (Alexandre Desplat)
Abbey Road Studios
2010

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

'Als Luise Die Briefe Ihres Ungetreuen Liebhabers Verbrannte' (Mozart). Piano: Natalie Burch.

'Bereite Dich, Zion' from Bach's Christmas Oratorio (Eclectic Voices, 2017 concert performance)

'Vani sono i lamenti... Svegliatevi nel core' (excerpt) - (Handel, from Giulio Cesare)

Bach 'St Matthew Passion' with the Armonico Consort

Photo: Ed Choo

Photo: Gareth Dayus-Jones

Russian song at LSO St Lukes, with pianist Michael Sikich

"Clara Kanter sang 'He was despised' with beautifully even tone and meaningful directness." Robert Hugill. (2017)

"Bach's Magnificat was both more thoughtful and equally triumphant... Clara Kanter's verse with two flutes (Philip Meader and Vicky McCardel) was outstanding amongst the solos with instrumental accompaniment.... The Mass in C by Beethoven, strong and serious, strenuous and sustained in its demands, presented a great challenge.... Clara Kanter impressed again as her alto voice combined with Cecilia Osmond's clear soprano..." Christopher Smith, Eastern Daily Press 23rd March 2015 (2015)

Mozart Coronation Mass for Eastbourne Choral Society: "The four soloists, soprano Andrea Tweedale, mezzo Clara Kanter, tenor Nick Pritchard and Bass Stephen Charlesworth, wove seamlessly in and out of the choral passages, and opened the Benedictus as a quartet in fine style." Robin Gregory, Eastbourne Herald (2013)

Schubert's Ständchen (D.920) for Lucy Cavendish College Choir: "the rich, contralto voice of Clara Kanter" Katie Hawks, Lucy Cavendish College Annual Newsletter (2008)

Extended Artist Masters
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
2014–2017
Social and Political Sciences, BA (Hons)
Clare College, Cambridge
2006–2010

Clara was a choral scholar at Clare College, Cambridge, and went on to study with Dennis O’Neill at the Wales International Academy of Voice. Clara began her Postgraduate studies in 2014 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studies with Katherine Paterson. Her operatic roles include Dame Carruthers (The Yeomen of the Guard), Junon (Actéon), Pitti-Sing (The Mikado), Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas), Third Lady (The Magic Flute), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), and La Zelatrice (Suor Angelica). She was an alto soloist in the world premiere of Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht for Birmingham Opera Company, and has performed roles at Buxton Opera House and the Arcola Theatre for London’s Grimeborn Festival.

Clara appears regularly in concert and oratorio. Highlights include Vivaldi’s Gloria at the Purcell Room, Handel's Messiah Part I under Laurence Cummings at Grosvenor Chapel, and Haydn’s Nelson Mass at St Martin-in-the-Fields with the Brandenburg Sinfonia, as well as artist Janice Kerbel's Turner Prize-nominated piece 'Doug' for the 2016 Montreal Biennale. She has featured in recordings as a soloist for the Armonico Consort and the Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, and in broadcast for BBC World Service Radio. In 2014 she joined the Lucerne Festival Academy Chorus under Sir Simon Rattle to perform Berio’s Coro, and subsequently sang the piece again for Grete Pedersen and the Norwegian Soloists Choir. As an ensemble singer she has performed at London’s Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and Buckingham Palace, and recorded various film soundtracks, as well as performing at the ceremonies for the opening of the 2008 Olympic Games in China and the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize awards in Norway.

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