Clare Wilkinson

Selected by Opera Now as amongst 'Who's Hot' for her performance as Galatea in Aci e Galatea at the London Handel Festival, the mezzo-soprano Clare Wilkinson was born in Manchester. She was a Choral Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, and now enjoys collaborations with many distinguished conductors and ensembles, including Harry Bicket, Laurence Cummings, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, David Hill, Nicholas Kraemer, Christophe Rousset, Markus Stenz and Michael Willens in performances with the City of London Sinfonia, the English Baroque Soloists, the English Consort, Florilegium, the Gürzenich Orchester Köln, Die Kölner Akademie, the Manchester Camerata, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Swedish Baroque Orchestra.

Operatic engagements have included Zinnia in L'Étoile (Opéra Comique, Paris), Galatea in Acis and Galatea (Trigonale Festival), Penelope in Una Odissea (Schwetzingen Festival) and Second Witch in Dido and Aeneas and Ariel in The Tempest (Opéra national de Lyon).

Her recording of Messiah with the Dunedin Consort on Linn gained a GRAMOPHONE award, and her recordings further include J. S. Bach St Matthew Passion, also with the Dunedin Consort on Linn, Josquin Desprez Motets & Chansons and Verdelot Madrigals for a Tudor King with Alamire (Obsidian), Fire and Ashes, Flaming Heart and Sweet Torment - Music by Monteverdi - with I Fagiolini (Chandos), Fire and Ice and A Songbook for Isabella with Musica Antiqua of London (Signum), Four Gentlemen of the Chapel Royal with the Rose Consort of Viols (Signum) and The Silken Tent with Fretwork (Commons).

Most recently released is the reconstruction of the J. S. Bach St.Mark Passion with Die Kölner Akademie (Carus Verlag). The Full Monteverdi with I Fagiolini is available on DVD.

With I Fagiolini, she appeared at the 2010 BBC Proms, and her current engagements include Second Witch / Dido and Aeneas at the Opéra de Dijon, and projects with the Arion Consort, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, the Israel Camerata, the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra, the Manchester Camerata, the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Washington National Cathedral Choral Society.