The Swedish soprano Klara Ek has a voice of remarkable clarity and beauty recognised by many of the world’s leading conductors and orchestras. This season Klara joins the Gothenburg Symphony for Peer Gynt under Alain Altinoglu in Gothenburg and on tour across Europe, as well as joining the Danish National Symphony Orchestra for Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust under Michael Schønvandt. Klara also returns to Classical Opera under Ian Page in concert at the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt as well as embarking on a recording project of Mozart’s Il sogno di Scipione. In the US Klara joins the Rochester Philharmonic and Nashville Symphony for Messiah under Christopher Warren-Green.
Klara is much in demand by the world’s principal early music ensembles. With the Academy of Ancient Music she has sung the roles of Oriana (Amadigi di Gaula) under Christopher Hogwood and Arminda (La finata giardiniera) under Richard Egarr, and she has collaborated with Pablo Heras-Casado and Compañía y Orquesta Barroca de Aranjuez in the first modern performance of Bonno’s L’isola disabitata. With Collegium Vocale Ghent and Akademie für Alte Music Berlin she has sung Handel’s Ode for St Cecilia’s Day under Marcus Creed. In addition, with Alan Curtis and Il Complesso Barocco she has recorded Jommelli’s Ezio, Scarlatti’s Tolomeo e Alessandro and Handel’s Berenice.
Notable symphonic debuts include Die Schöpfung with Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra and Helmuth Rilling, Bach’s Magnificat with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Ton Koopman, Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust with Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Christopher Hogwood, Mahler’s Symphonies Nos.2 and 4 with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel and, most recently, her BBC Proms debut with Mahler 4 under Thomas Søndergård. She has also sung Mahler 4 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich – all under Bernard Haitink. Under Vladimir Ashkenazy she made her debuts with the NHK Symphony and Philharmonia orchestras and more recently she gave her first performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Hallé under Nikolaj Znaider.
On stage, Klara Ek’s most recent debuts include Elisetta in Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto, Rosmonda in a rare staging of Porpora’s Il Germanico in Germania for the Innsbruck Festival under Alessandro de Marchi, Climene in Hasse’s Leucippo for Oper Koln, Despina (Così fan tutte) for Danish National Opera under Benjamin Bayl and Contessa Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Hokuptopia Festival, Japan.
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