ENO The Mask of Orpheus - Claron McFadden (c) Erik de Jong

Claron McFadden


Claron McFadden graduated cum laude from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York and has lived in the Netherlands since 1984. She is known for her very varied repertoire, ranging from baroque to contemporary music and has worked with conductors such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Frans Brüggen and Sir Andrew Davis.

Previously for ENO: The Oracle of the Dead/Hecate The Mask of Orpheus

Career Highlights

Claron has participated in several projects that combined different art forms, such as Alain Platel’s Pitié and Ruben van Leer’s dance film Symmetry, and she has frequently joined improvising musicians such as Kris Defoort and is a regular member of the David Kweksilber Big Band.

She is artist-in-residence at Muziektheater Transparant and has realised several multidisciplinary projects: Lilith; Secrets; Nightshade: Aubergine and, most recently, Façade: The Last Days of Mata Hari, and Mitra and Harriet. I

n 2002 she was nominated for a Grammy Award and in 2007 she was awarded the Amsterdam Prize for the Arts.

She is a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Her TEDx talk in 2010 was selected to be shown on the prestigious TED.com website.

In 2015 she was member of the jury of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.

Notable engagements elsewhere: Lulu (Glyndebourne); Zerbinetta (Dutch National Opera) title role in Cavalli’s La Didone (La Scala with Fabio Biondi). She is known for her unique interpretation of contemporary music and has many world premières to her credit, including works by Harrison Birtwistle, Jörg Widmann and Michel van der Aa, and she works regularly with the Arditti Quartet and Klangforum Wien.

Last updated: 19th December 2019