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.
Her 2018-19 season includes the inaugural tour with the Columbia Bel Canto Trio, debuts with the Kalamazoo Bach Festival, The Santa Fe Symphony, Music in the Alps Festival in Innsbruck, Austria, a return to the Salzburger Landestheater for her signature role of Fiordiligi, and a debut with Austin Opera as Anna Sørensen in Kevin Puts' Silent Night. Future role debuts include new productions in the title roles of Rachel (LA JUIVE) and ALCINA, as well as a new production of NIXON IN CHINA as Pat Nixon. She will also debut the roles of Rosalinde (DIE FLEDERMAUS) and Donna Anna (DON GIOVANNI) and return to the roles of Erste Dame (DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE) and Musetta (LA BOHÈME) in future seasons.
Last season, she joined Theater Basel for three exciting productions, including Lucio Cinna in a premier of Mozart's Lucio Silla directed by Hans Neuenfels, Fifth Maid in David Boesch's Elektra, and Anne Trulove in Lydia Steier's new production of The Rake's Progress conducted by Kristiina Poska. In 2017, she returned to the Salzburger Landestheater as Musetta in a new production of La bohème conducted by Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla. She also returned to the North Carolina Opera as Freia in Das Rheingold and Florida Grand Opera as Micaela in Carmen. Also that season, Ms. Clark made her German debut as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte at the Stuttgart Opera and returned to the U.S. for performances of the same role at Central City Opera.
In the 2015-2016 season, Hailey Clark made her European debut at the Salzburger Landestheater in the Austrian premiere of Brokeback Mountain with a newly orchestrated chamber version by composer Charles Wuorinen. She was a member of the young artist program at the Florida Grand Opera for her first performances of Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. She also returned to North Carolina Opera for Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Fort Worth Opera as Leïla in Les pêcheurs des perles. In the summer of 2014, Ms. Clark was seen at Santa Fe Opera in a featured scene of the title role of Thaïs and covering Marzelline in a new production of Fidelio under the baton of Harry Bicket.
An avid performer of new music, Ms. Clark made her debut in 2012 with Fort Worth Opera in the role of (Dika/Alecto) and cover of the title role in Mark Adamo's Lysistrata. Also that season, she sang the role of (Merry) in William Schuman's The Mighty Casey with Opera Saratoga and was involved in the workshop of two exciting world premieres: Libby Larsen's A Wrinkle in Time (Mrs. Murray) with Fort Worth Opera and "Labyrinth of Love," a work written for soprano and chamber ensemble by Grammy award-winning composer Michael Daugherty.
Ms. Clark is a two-time Regional Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a 2015 International Finalist in the Competizione dell'Opera Italian Arias Competition (Linz, Austria), and a grant recipient from the Santa Fe Opera: "Award for Outstanding Apprentice." She is also a the 2014 First Place Winner of the Heafner-Williams Competition, prize winner of The Charlotte Opera Guild Competition and Shreveport Singer of the Year Competition(s), and completed a five-city Concert Tour of China and Inner Mongolia in 2009 as a winner of the Charles A. Lynam National Vocal Competition.
Clark holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Maryland School of Music. She is also a proud alumnus of the Freie Universität Berlin's FU-Best program. Currently the North Carolina native resides in Dresden, Germany with her husband, tenor Joseph Dennis.