Clare McCaldin spent her first ten years after graduation from Cambridge University working in arts administration and marketing before deciding to become a professional singer and training privately. Since then, she has built a diverse career, beginning with her appearance in the 2000 Salzburg Easter Festival Simon Boccanegra (as Un’Ancella) for Claudio Abbado. In the course of her many years singing as an occasional member of the Royal Opera chorus, Clare has performed small roles, both spoken and sung, and worked with conductors, singers and directors of the highest calibre. With smaller opera companies, her roles have included Meg Page/Falstaff, Fox/The Cunning Little Vixen, Örsze/Hary Janos and Oreste/La Belle Hélène as well as many other traditional lyric mezzo roles. In concert repertoire Clare has sung at the BBC Proms as well as many international festivals, both as a soloist and as a member of professional ensembles such as the BBC Singers.
Clare is recognised for her advocacy of new work. In addition to commissioning and premiering concert repertoire, she has created contemporary roles and scenes for Opera North, the Royal Opera, Welsh National Opera and Aldeburgh Music. Madrigali dell’Estate, her recent CD of works written for her by Stephen McNeff attracted excellent reviews and later this year she will contribute to a recital CD of Hugh Wood song-cycles for NMC.
Clare’s company McCaldin Arts was created in 2012 to create new work and explore the opportunities to present traditional repertoire from a new perspective. Since then she has commissioned and produced three solo shows: A Voice of One Delight (about the death of the poet Shelley);Haydn’s London Ladies (telling the story of Haydn’s girlfriends in London during the 1790s) and, most recently, Vivienne. This, her most acclaimed collaboration with Stephen McNeff, tells the story of TS Eliot’s first wife and was awarded five stars by the Evening Standard.