The American soprano Claron McFadden studied voice at the Eastman School of music, and received her bachelor’s degree with distinction in 1984. In the same year she moved to the Netherlands, where she currently resides, and has proven herself to be one of the most versatile singers of her generation.
Claron McFadden made her opera debut in the Holland Festival’s 1985 production of Hasse’s “L’Eroe Cinese”, conducted by Ton Koopman and in the following year, made her debut with William Christie in Rameau’s “Anacréon”, with the Opéra Lyrique du Rhin. She was invited many times to work with Christie, touring extensively in the US, South America, and Europe, including the Soviet Union. She made her debut at the Festival D’Aix en Provence with Christie in a controversial production of Rameau’s “Les Indes Galantes”, returning the following year in a Pierluigi Pizzi production of Rameau’s “Castor et Pollux”. Her Covent Garden debut, also under William Christie, was the Graham Vick production of Purcell’s “King Arthur”.
Claron McFadden won the second prize for opera at the International Competition in S’Hertogenbosch, and shortly thereafter was invited by the Netherlands Opera to sing Zerbinetta, in Graham Vick’s “Ariadne auf Naxos”. She has since been a regular guest there, most notably as Soeur Constance in Robert Carsen’s production of Poulenc’s “Dialogue des Carmélites, conducted by Yves Abel, and in Michel van der Aa’s “Afterlife”.