Hailed for her artistry and “rich and radiant” voice (Urban Dial Milwaukee), Clara Osowski is an active soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. She was a 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Upper-Midwest Regional Finalist, the winner of the 2014 Bel Canto Chorus Regional Artists Competition in Milwaukee, the runner-up in the 2016 Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Scholarship Competition, and a 2016 Oregon Bach Festival Vocal Fellow. Clara received her Bachelor of Musical Arts degree with emphasis in Voice from North Dakota State University in 2008, and Master of Arts Degree in Voice from the University of Iowa in 2010.
Clara’s passion for art song creation and collaboration is evident in her most recent premieres with Linda Tutas Huagen (Gjendine’s Lullaby), Paul Rudoi (Midnight Songs) and James Kallembach (Songs on Letters of John and Abigail Adams). As a recitalist, she recently completed the Vancouver International Song Institute, the International Workshop on the songs of Edvard Grieg in Bergen, Norway, and traveled to Tours, France to attend the Académie Francis Poulenc. In 2015, she was the only American to reach the finals of the Das Lied competition under the direction of Thomas Quasthoff in Berlin, Germany, and reached the finals in the 2016 Liederkranz Foundation competiton.
Upcoming performances in the 2016-2017 season include a residency at the Indiana State Contemporary New Music Festival, alto soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion, and several recital engagements across the United States. Clara is featured on numerous recordings with Consortium Carissimi (Naxos), and premiered James Kallembach’s St. John Passion, released with high acclaim on Roven Records.
In collaboration with pianist Mark Bilyeu and composer Libby Larsen, Clara serves as the Associate Artistic Director of Source Song Festival, a week-long art song festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition to her solo work, she participates in a number of ensembles, including Consortium Carissimi, Lumina Women’s Ensemble, the Rose Ensemble and Seraphic Fire. For more information and schedule, please visit www.claraosowski.com.
Argento & Rimsky: Russian Letters and Arabian Nights
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 4pm
St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church
17205 County Road 6, Plymouth, MN
William Schrickel, conductor
Clara Osowski, mezzo soprano
Jake Endres, baritone
Dominick Argento, composer
Dominick Argento – A Few Words About Chekhov
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakoff – Scheherazade, op. 35