Hailed by OPERA NEWS for her "warm" and "effortless" singing and widely recognized for her vibrant interpretations, American lyric soprano Hailey Clark is quickly making her mark in Europe and North America, not only for her shimmering portrayals of Mozart heroines, but also for her versatility in operatic and concert repertoire spanning nearly three centuries. She was 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) in her European debut at the Salzburger Landestheater.
In the 2019/20 Season, Hailey Clark joins the ensemble at the Staatsoper Hannover where she stars in a new production as Rachel in Halévy's La Juive to start the season. She also debuts the title role of Alcina in a premier by Lydia Steier and debuts the role of Pat Nixon in a new production of John Adams' Nixon in China. She returns to the roles of Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Musetta in La bohème, and will be featured in soloist in the New Years presentation of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, as well as Wiegenlieder in the second stage series.
Recent seasons included debuts with Palm Beach Opera, Central City Opera, Austin Opera, and and a return to the Salzburger Landestheater (Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, La Bohème). Clark made her German debut as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte at Oper Stuttgart and joined Theater Basel in Switzerland for new productions of Mozart's Lucio Silla (Cinna) directed by Hans Neuenfels, Elektra (Fifth Maid), and a critically-acclaimed Anne Trulove in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress. Concert appearances included the inaugural tour with the Columbia Bel Canto Trio, The Santa Fe Symphony, the Music in the Alps Festival, and debuts at the Alte Oper Frankfurt and Konzerthaus Dortmund with the Hessischer Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester under the baton of Andrés Orozco-Estrada.
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."