Mezzo-Soprano Clara O’Brien to Perform – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Mezzo-Soprano Clara O’Brien to Perform

Noted for her technical and expressive virtuosity, mezzo-soprano Clara O’Brien will perform a song recital of varied repertoire at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5 in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. The following day, O’Brien share her more than 30 years of combined performing and teaching experience when she teaches a master’s class with select students from the Colleges’ Chorale on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. in the Geneva Room.

O’Brien’s international career began when she was awarded the Sonderpreis des Badischen Staatstheaters, a prize created specially for her at the 1st International Coloratura Competition, Sylvia Geszty in Stuttgart, Germany. She has appeared on stages throughout the U.S. and Germany. For many years, she was engaged as soloist at the State Theater of Baden. More recently, she has returned to the U.S. and combines her appearances on stages and in concert with teaching at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Critics praise O’Brien’s effortless vocal perfection and warm mezzo timbre as well as her “towering” ability as a singing actress. Along with consistently positive reviews, her operatic performances received Opernwelt’s Best Performance citations in both the Emerging and Established Artist categories.

Also a recitalist, O’Brien has won Grand Prix Paul Derenne, International Concours de chant de Paris for her interpretation of Impressionist and post-Impressionist French mélodie. She is a noted interpreter of late-Romantic and Modernist German Lieder. Her repertoire in recital ranges from Medieval chanson to premieres from living composers. For additional information about O’Brien visit

This event is sponsored by the HWS Department of Music. For upcoming events and performances, check out the department’s news page,

The public is welcome for both events and admission is free.