Clara Melonisoprano

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The new 2017-18 season will be very eventful for Clara Meloni: she will be back at the Opéra de Lyon for Rossini’s La Cenerentola under the baton of Stafano Montanari and staging by Stefan Herheim, she will sing a cycle of Bach’s cantatas on a tour of Switzerland and will participate in the Cantates Bach 17 Swiss Project, singing solo soprano parts in various cantatas as well as the St Matthew Passion.

Clara Meloni gained a degree in vocal performance and pedagogy from the Conservatoire de Musique de Neuchâtel, Switzerland, then perfected her skills at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. From 2010 to 2012 she was a member of the Swiss Opera Studio.

In 2013, together with Catalan pianist Anna Cardona, she won the best duo prize at the Toulouse competition for French melody. More recently she won first prize unanimously and the Contemporary Music special price with Ambroise de Rancourt and their Duo Auraat the latest Lyceum Club Suisse International Competition.

Awarded first prize unanimously at the XXIst FLAME song contest in Paris and at the Nicati contest in Lausanne, winner of the Pour-cent Culturel Migros song contest and the Elvira-Lüthi Stiftung contest, Clara was also a finalist in the Ernst Haefliger song contest, which allowed her to perform at the Stadttheater of Bern with the town’s symphony orchestra conducted by Srboljub Dinic.

She has given recitals in Europe in the City of London Festival and Leeds Lieder Festival, in England; Schloss Mirabell Konzerte in Salzburg, Nikolauskirche in Leipzig and Internationale Musikfestwoche in Bad Berleburg, Germany; International Festival for Early Music in Daroca, Spain; Les Sommets du Classique, Usinesonore and Concerts de Musique Contemporaine, as well as various Swiss theatres. Clara Meloni has recently made her debut in Kazakhstan in an opera gala concert with tenor Jesus Léon.

Clara has performed under the direction of conductors such as Shlomo Mintz, Nir Kabaretti, Christian Zacharias, Anthony Bramall, Philippe Krüttli, Nicolas Farine, Joseph Cullen, Franco Trinca, Titus Engel, Rolf Gupta, Jan Willem de Vriend and Srboljub Dinic.

In addition, she has recorded two CDs with the Ensemble La Sestina produced by Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.

Among numerous oratorios and cantatas, she sang J.S. Bach’s Magnificat, St John Passion and Christmas Oratorio with the Le Moment Baroque orchestra, Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang at the Canterbury Cathedral; Händel’s Messiah and Dixit Dominus as well as Bach cantatas with the City of London Sinfonia orchestra.

In addition, she sang Beethoven’s Egmont with the Bienne Symphony Orchestra under Anthony Bramall’s direction and Mozart’s as well as Fauré’s Requiem with Cluj’s Symphony Orchestra under Shlomo Mintz’s baton.

Her love of all classical music styles and her vocal flexibility enable her to perform in a variety of repertoires. She has thus sung melodies by Monteverdi accompanied by theorbist Jonathan Rubin, the same composer’s Vespers with the Ensemble Organum et Labyrinthe, and cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51 with Swiss orchestra Le Moment Baroque. She also took part in several contemporary music creations throughout Europe: at the Lucerne festival and at the Basel opera house in Michael Wertmüller’s opera Anschlag, at the Schwetzinger Festspiele in Bernhard Lang’s opera Reigen and at Maastricht’s Festival Musica Sacra in the American composer Mike Svoboda’s Das Buch der Zeichen, not to mention several creations and contemporary music concerts in Switzerland.

Very active on the stage, she sang at the Opéra de Lyon, Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy, the Opéra-Théâtre in Metz, the Lausanne and the Basel opera house amongst others and her repertoire includes many different roles: Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi, Puccini), Luigia (Viva la mamma, Donizetti), Thérèse (Les Mamelles de Tirésias de Poulenc), Oscar (Un ballo in maschera, Verdi), Zerlina (Don Giovanni, Mozart), Dalinda (Ariodante, Händel), Ninetta (La Finta Semplice, Mozart), Mrs Ford (Falstaff, Salieri), Doralice (La Gazzetta, Rossini), Palmetta (Le Serve Rivali, Traetta), Lei (La notte di un nevrastenico, Nino Rota), Hausmädchen et Schulmädchen (Reigen, Bernhard Lang), Second Woman et Belinda (Dido and Aeneas, Purcell) and Clorinda (La Cenerentola, Rossini).

Recently Clara made her debut at the Opéra de Lyon in Viva la mamma of Donizetti, alongside Laurent Naouri and Patrizia Ciofi and the staging of Laurent Pelly, she sang at the Festival des Jardins Musicaux in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony as a solo soprano and made her debut at the Festival Murten Classics with the Quatuor Terpsycordes and pianist Judith Jáuregui.

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