Praised for her “lushly evocative” and “otherworldly” performances, mezzo-soprano Clare McNamara brings her signature vocal quality and sensitive interpretation to a wide variety of repertoire throughout the United States and abroad. Clare has performed at Boston’s Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Tanglewood’s Seiji Ozawa Hall, among other prestigious venues. Clare maintains affiliations with several ensembles including Lorelei Ensemble, Handel+Haydn Society, Skylark Vocal Ensemble, Cut Circle, the Boston Camerata, Colla Parte, and Tapestry.
As a soloist, Clare will join the choristers of New York’s St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue for their 2017 performance of Handel’s Messiah. She will also make her Symphony Hall debut in the Handel and Haydn Society’s 2018 performance of Bach’s Mass in B minor under acclaimed conductor Harry Christophers. Recent credits include the role of Mother in Stephen Paulus’ modern church opera “The Three Hermits” with Harvard University Choir and the role of Brangäne in the Boston Camerata’s medieval pastiche, “Tristan & Iseult.”
Internationally, Clare has joined the Renaissance ensemble Cut Circle for many European festival appearances: Musica Sacra (Maastricht, Netherlands), Laus Polyphoniae (Antwerp, Belgium), and Tage Alter Musik (Regensburg, Germany). 2018 European concerts include Cut Circle at the Utrecht Early Music Festival (Netherlands), and Skylark at the 2018 Holy Week Festival hosted by the British ensemble Tenebrae (London).
She holds an A.B. in Music from Princeton University and an M.M. in Early Music Performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College.