Clara Thomsen, soprano

Biography

Danish soprano Clara Cecilie Thomsen studied at the Royal Danish Opera Academy, following her studies there with Susanna Eken. Her musical foundations were laid in the Copenhagen Girls’ Choir, after which she enrolled as an undergraduate at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen.

At the Festival of Lyric Arts at Aix en Provence, Clara participated in the Festival Academy’s Mozart Residency, a renowned course for the cultivation of Mozart interpretation.

Clara had her Royal Danish Opera debut in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (Barbarina) in 2017. Since then she has sung roles as Konstanze (season 2019/20, The Danish National Opera), Gilda (season 2020/21, The Danish National Opera) Donna Anna and Musetta (season 2021/22, The Royal Danish Opera).

Since 2021 Clara has been a member at the soloist ensemble at Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen.

In 2017 Clara made her debut as a soloist, with the Tonkünstler Orchestra at the world famous Musikverein in Vienna. Clara has also sung with orchestras as The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, latest as 1 Blumenmädchen in Parsifal. She has appeared as a soloist in many different Oratory’s, passions and cantatas. Most recently J.S. Bach’s John and Matthew passion, Mozart’s Requiem and in Handel's Messiah.

Clara has worked with some of the leading figures on the northern European music and opera scenes. She has appeared under conductors including Paolo Carignani, Julia Jones, Michael Schønwandt, Michael Boder, and has worked with stage directors Kasper Holten, John Fulljames, Ulrich Peters among others. In 2021 Clara performed a lied concert at the Tiroler Festspiele together with Helmut Deutsch.

Clara has received prizes such as: Singer Of The Year at Copenhagen Opera festival (2018), Léonie Sonning Talent Prize (2019) and Carl Nielsen Talent prize (2019).

Calendar
Repertoire
Opera roles

Georg Friedrich Händel

ALCINA/Alcina

Charles Gounod

ROMEO ET JULIETTE/ Juliette

Franz Léhar

DIE LUSTIGE WITWE/ Valencienne

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL/Konstanze
DON GIOVANNI/Donna Anna
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO/Barbarina
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO/ Contessa
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE/Pamina

Giacomo Puccini

LA BOHEME/Musetta

Gioacchino Rossini

LA CENERENTOLA/Clorinda

Poul Ruders

THE HANDMAID'S TALE/ Moira

Poul Schierbeck

LA FÊTE GALANTE/ Suzun

Giuseppe Verdi

RIGOLETTO/Gilda
Concert repertoire

Johann Sebastian Bach

Ich habe genug BWV 82
St. John Passion BWV 245
Magnificat BWV 243
St. Matthew Passion BWV 244
Weihnachtsoratorium

Johannes Brahms

Ein deutsches Requiem

Niels W. Gade

Elverskud

Georg Friedrich Händel

Armida abbandonata
The Messiah, HVW 56

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mass in C minor, KV 427
Regina Coeli KV 276
Requiem KV 626

Carl Nielsen

Fynsk forår
Symphony no. 3 "Espansiva"

Gioacchino Rossini

Petite Messe Solenelle
Review
DON GIOVANNI
Kristeligt dagblad
On the spinning side, Clara Cecilie Thomsen was a passionate and extremely well-singing Donna Anna.
RIGOLETTO
Politikken
Even if Den Jyske Opera's Verdi performance does not move anything, you have to hear it to experience Clara Thomsen as the fool Rigoletto's daughter.
AMADEUS
Information
The 27-year-old soprano Clara Cecilie Thomsen, who holds the title of opera talent of the year, shows why by singing Mozart's excessively beautiful aria, The Magic Flute's "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen", hanging from the ceiling in the role of Salieri's student Katherina Cavalieri, is impressive.
LA BOHEME
Oper Aktuell
Seine Eifersucht trifft die umwerfende Musetta von Clara Cecilie Thomsen, welche so herrlich kokett sein kann im Momus-Bild, wo sie den Walzer mit überschäumender Verve singt, keifend und selbstbewusst im Streit mit Marcello im dritten und anrührend im Gebet und im Mitleid im Schlussbild.
ALCINA
Operaakademiet
Tue, 2018-03-20
ON the Takkelloft stage you now have a formidable Alcina to drive the men crazy. Her name is Clara Cecilie Thomsen, we have seen her in small roles at the Royal Theatre – Barbarina in 'The Marriage of Figaro' and a minor role in Kuhlau's 'Lulu' - without boasting about it, but here she storms forward with a club blow of female self-assurance and a solid and sure command of her lyrical-dramatic soprano, well schooled in the coloraturas .
The staging is completely irrelevant, but the soprano ... she is amazing!
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