Clara Rottsolk, soprano
Focused on an integration of technique, musicianship, and artistry, I aim to help my students develop the tools they need to realize their potential as a performer in a wide variety of styles. Singing is an acquired physical skill, and as such, body awareness and practice are key to progress. During lessons, we explore the technical aspects of vocal production, the musical skill required by repertoire, and the expressive potential of the artist. Through this process, we develop specific intentions for each week's practice of exercises and repertoire to work towards becoming a well-rounded singer.
"Pure and shining" (Cleveland Plain Dealer) soprano Clara Rottsolk has been lauded by The New York Times for her "clear, appealing voice and expressive conviction" and by The Philadelphia Inquirer for the "opulent tone [with which] every phrase has such a communicative emotional presence." In a repertoire extending from the Renaissance to the contemporary, her solo appearances with orchestras and chamber ensembles have taken her across the United States, the Middle East, Japan and South America. She specializes in historically informed performance practice, singing with ensembles including American Bach Soloists, Tempesta di Mare, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Les Délices, St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, Magnificat Baroque, Pacific MusicWorks, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Bach Ensemble, Bach Sinfonia, Piffaro-The Renaissance Wind Band, Trinity Wall Street Choir, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Seraphic Fire, and the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus under the direction of conductors including Joshua Rifkin, Bruno Weil, Paul Goodwin, Jeffrey Thomas, John Scott, David Effron, and Andrew Megill.
She has performed at the Carmel Bach Festival, Indianapolis Early Music Festival, Berkeley Early Music Festival, Philadelphia Bach Festival, Whidbey Island Music Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, and the Festival de Música Barroca de Barichara (Colombia). In collaboration with fortepianist Sylvia Berry, pianists Holly Chatham and Byron Schenkman, and guitarist-lutenist Daniel Swenberg, Ms. Rottsolk has given recitals of song from the 17th to 21st centuries in venues including the Goethe-Institut Boston, St. Mark's Church Philadelphia and Swarthmore College. Among her stage roles are Micaëla (Carmen), Semele (Semele), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Arminda (La finta giardiniera) and Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief).
Recently released is Myths and Allegories, a recording of French Baroque cantatas with Les Délices. Her "supple and stylish... and unflaggingly attractive" (Gramophone Magazine) recording of Scarlatti Cantatas with Tempesta di Mare is available on the Chandos-Chaconne label.
A native of Seattle, Ms. Rottsolk earned her music degrees at Rice University and Westminster Choir College, and was awarded for musical excellence by the Metropolitan Opera National Council (Northwest Region). Currently she is based in Philadelphia and teaches voice at Swarthmore, Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges.