Urgent Announcement

Clara Rottsolk, soprano

“Pure and shining” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) soprano Clara Rottsolk has been lauded by The New York Times for her “clear, appealing voice and expressive conviction” and by The Philadelphia Inquirer for the “opulent tone [with which] every phrase has such a communicative emotional presence.” With a specialty in historically informed performance practice, she engages audiences in repertoire extending from the Renaissance to the contemporary. Her solo appearances have taken her across the United States, the Middle East, Japan and South America with ensembles including American Bach Soloists, Tempesta di Mare, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Les Délices, Pacific MusicWorks, Opera Grand Rapids, St. Thomas Church 5th Avenue, Virginia Symphony, Atlanta Baroque, Magnificat Baroque, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Piffaro—The Renaissance Wind Band, Colorado Bach Ensemble, Trinity Wall Street Choir, Spire Ensemble, New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, ARTEK, and the Masterwork Chorus under the direction of conductors including Joshua Rifkin, Bruno Weil, Paul Goodwin, Jeffrey Thomas, John Scott, David Effron, Andrew Megill, and Timothy Nelson.  She has performed at the Carmel Bach Festival, Indianapolis Early Music Festival, Berkeley Early Music Festival, Philadelphia Bach Festival, Whidbey Island Music Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, and the Festival de Música Barroca de Barichara (Colombia) as well as on myriad concert series across the country. In collaboration with pianists Sylvia Berry and Byron Schenkman, and guitarist-lutenist Daniel Swenberg, Ms. Rottsolk has given recitals of song from the 17th to 21st centuries in venues including the Goethe-Institut Boston, Town Hall Seattle, St. Mark’s Church Philadelphia, and Swarthmore College. Among her stage roles are Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Ilia (Idomeneo), Eurydice (Ophée et Eurydice), Micaëla (Carmen), Semele (Semele), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Johanna (Sweeney Todd), and Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief).  Her recordings are Myths and Allegories, French Baroque cantatas with Les Délices and “supple and stylish… and unflaggingly attractive” (Gramophone Magazine) Scarlatti Cantatas with Tempesta di Mare on the Chandos-Chaconne label. Due out soon is a recording of new compositions by Rachel Matthews, including three songs set to Elizabeth Bishop’s poetry.  A native of Seattle, Ms. Rottsolk earned her music degrees at Rice University and Westminster Choir College, and was awarded for musical excellence by the Metropolitan Opera National Council (Northwest Region). Currently she is based in Philadelphia and teaches voice at Swarthmore, Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges.