In the 2015-2016 season, Hailey Clark made her European debut at the Salzburger Landestheater in the Austrian premier of Brokeback Mountain (Alma) with a newly orchestrated chamber version by composer Charles Wuorinen. She was also seen at Opera Naples as Norina in Don Pasquale and returned to Opera on the James as Micaela in Carmen. 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.
The 2013 - 2014 season held many exciting role and company debuts for the young soprano, including North Carolina Opera (Despina), Opera on the James (Lauretta), The Handel Choir of Baltimore (Messiah), Henderson Symphony Orchestra of Las Vegas (Soprano Soloist, Brahms Requiem) , and a return to the Fort Worth Opera in the leading role of Leïla in Les pêcheurs des perles. In the summer of 2014, Ms. Clark was seen at Santa Fe Opera 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, (Anne Trulove) in The Rake's Progress with UM Opera Theatre, 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 Vienna, Austria.
Updated January 2017
Photo courtesy Florida Grand Opera
photo courtesy The Santa Fe Opera
Rising American lyric soprano Hailey Clark is quickly making her mark on the international opera scene. She returns to the Salzburger Landestheater in the 2016- 2017 season as Musetta in a new production of La Bohème conducted by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.
She continues a season of international appearances with a return to North Carolina Opera as Freia in Das Rheingold and Florida Grand Opera as Micaela in Carmen. Ms. Clark makes her GERMAN DEBUT as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte at the Stuttgart Opera and returns to the U.S. for performances of the same role in her company debut with Central City Opera.