Hailed by OPERA NEWS for her "warm" and "effortless" soprano and widely recognized for her dynamic interpretations, American lyric soprano Hailey Clark is quickly making her mark in both Europe and North America. She is the winner of the Österreichischer Musiktheaterpreis (Austrian Music Theater Prize in Opera) in the category of 'Best Female Leading Role' for her performance as Alma Beers in Brokeback Mountain (2016) at the Salzburger Landestheater, and is known for her portrayals of Mozart heroines.
Upcoming projects in 2018-19 include the inaugural tour with the Columbia Bel Canto Trio, debuts with Palm Beach Opera as Donna Anna in DON GIOVANNI, The Santa Fe Symphony, and the Music in the Alps Festival in Innsbruck, Austria. She returns to the Salzburger Landestheater for her signature role of Fiordiligi and the role of Donna Elvira in DON GIOVANNI as a part of Jacopo Spirei's Mozart/DaPonte Cycle presentation, and is pleased to debut with Austin Opera as Anna Sørensen in Kevin Puts' Silent Night. Please stay tuned for more announcements; future roles include the title role(s) of Rachel (LA JUIVE) and ALCINA, Pat Nixon in NIXON IN CHINA, Erste Dame (DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE), Donna Anna (DON GIOVANNI), Musetta (LA BOHEME) and more.
In the 2017-18 season, Clark joined THEATER BASEL in Switzerland for three new productions, including Mozart's LUCIO SILLA (Cinna), ELEKTRA (Fifth Maid), and a critically-acclaimed Anne Trulove in Stravinsky's THE RAKE'S PROGRESS by Lydia Steier. Recently she made her German Debut with OPER STUTTGART as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, her company debut at CENTRAL CITY OPERA in the same role, and returned to Salzburg as Musetta in a new production of La Bohème in the Haus für Mozart conducted by Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla. See SCHEDULE for more 2018/19 season events.
Critics are saying...
"As Fiordiligi, Hailey Clark triumphed in “Come scoglio” and “Per pietà,” displaying little trouble with the former's leaps and bounds, while acquiring a warm, floating soprano and effortless trills in the latter."
"HAILEY CLARK, MAKING HER CCO DEBUT, IMMEDIATELY DREW IN THE CROWD WITH HER STRIKING STAGE PRESENCE AND HER ASTONISHING VOCAL CONTROL. CLARK'S PERFORMANCE IS A MASTERCLASS IN HOW TO FULLY INHABIT AND DEVELOP A CHARACTER — ALL WHILE DAZZLING WITH AN INEFFABLY BEAUTIFUL VOICE. BOTH ARIAS DREW SUSTAINED APPLAUSE." - THE DENVER POST
"Clark imbued Fiordiligi with real emotions rather than the caricature of a prima donna. Most importantly she can rise to the role’s vocal challenges. She brought energy, fervor and dramatic passion to Fiordiligi’s “Come scoglio” and “Per pietà, ben mio.” Her strong low tones, fine projection and ease in coloratura passages propelled the ensembles as well as solo showpieces. Clark is a very promising soprano."