Mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski, who sings “from inside the music with unaffected purity and sincerity” (UK Telegraph), is an active soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. Hailed for her “rich and radiant voice” (UrbanDial Milwaukee), she was a 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Upper-Midwest Regional Finalist, the winner of the 2014 Bel Canto Chorus Regional Artists Competition in Milwaukee, runner-up in the 2016 Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Scholarship Competition, and most recently in 2017 named the winner of the Houston Saengerbund Competition and placed third in the Madison Handel Aria Competition.
In international competition with pianist Tyler Wottrich, in March of 2017, Clara became the first ever American prize winner when she placed second at Thomas Quasthoff’s International Das Lied Competition in Heidelberg, Germany. In September, the duo was also one of four to reach the finals in the prestigious Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competition in London, and Clara was awarded the Richard Tauber Prize for the best interpretation of Schubert Lieder.
Clara is a frequent collaborator of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra of Minneapolis, most recently performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, and Dominick Argento’s orchestral song cycles Casa Guidi and A Few Words About Chekhov.
Active also as an educator, Clara has enjoyed giving masterclasses at several universities and was also the guest artist in residence at Indiana State University’s 50th Contemporary Music Festival celebrating the music of Libby Larsen. Clara will be on faculty at Aspen Music Festival’s Professional Choral Institute in partnership with Seraphic Fire in August of 2018. Clara currently studies voice with Emma Small of Minneapolis. Please visit www.claraosowski.com for an upcoming performance schedule and more information.