Mezzo-soprano Clare McCaldin has built a diverse career following her debut in the 2000 Salzburg Easter Festival's Simone Boccanegra (as Un’Ancella) for Claudio Abbado. At the Royal Opera Clare has performed Cousin/Madama Butterfly, Apprentice/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and La Servante/Manon. Other roles include Meg Page/Falstaff (Iford Arts), Fox/The Cunning Little Vixen & Örsze/Hary Janos (Ryedale Festival) and Oreste/La Belle Hélène (Diva Opera). In concert Clare has sung Bach Matthew Passion (King’s College, Cambridge/Cleobury), Mozart Requiem and C Minor Mass (Three Choirs Festival/Partington), Walton Facade (Music of Renown Ensemble) and Bach St. Mark Passion (Barokksolistene Norway). In the 2012 BBC Proms she sang one of the Twins in Debussyʼs Martyrdom of St Sebastien with Knussen/BBCSO, reprised at the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival.
Clare has performed new music by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Cecilia McDowell, Brian Irvine, Alexander l’Estrange, Michael Zev Gordon and created roles and scenes for Opera North, Royal Opera, WNO and Aldeburgh. She appeared in Errollyn Wallen’s Cautionary Tales at the 2014 Latitude Festival and in Stephen McNeff’s Prometheus Drowned, on tour for Nova Music Opera. In recital Clare has worked with pianists Andrew West, Iain Burnside, Libby Burgess and Paul Turner, and the Brodsky Quartet. Clare’s company McCaldin Arts continues to tour her solo shows, Haydn’s London Ladiesand Vivienne.
Madrigali dell’Estate, Clare’s first CD with Champs Hill Records, featuring works written for her by Stephen McNeff, was awarded four stars by BBC Music Magazine, as was her recording of Hugh Wood’s Laurie Lee Songs with Iain Burnside for NMC.
On behalf of the Haydn Society of Great Britain, Clare fund-raised and oversaw the installation of the first commemorative blue plaque to Joseph Haydn in London, unveiled in Soho in March 2015.