Klara Ek
Soprano

"Klara Ek's blazing, impetuous Berenice is worth every one of those five stars on its own" (The Guardian)

Contacts

Ian Stones +44 (0)20 3725 9104
Clare Erskine +44 (0)20 3725 9145

Biography

Klara Ek has a voice of remarkable clarity and beauty, recognized by many of the world’s leading conductors and orchestras. This season her debuts include the role of Climene in a rare staging of  Hasse’s Leucippo for Oper Koln and Despina (Così fan tutte) for Danish National Opera under Benjamin Bayl. Concert appearances include Mahler’s Symphony No.2 with BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Thomas Søndergård and Bruckner’s Te Deum with Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich under Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

Klara Ek is much in demand by the world’s principal early music ensembles with whom she has performed in many major venues. In addition, with Alan Curtis and Il Complesso Barocco

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Klara Ek has a voice of remarkable clarity and beauty, recognized by many of the world’s leading conductors and orchestras. This season her debuts include the role of Climene in a rare staging of  Hasse’s Leucippo for Oper Koln and Despina (Così fan tutte) for Danish National Opera under Benjamin Bayl. Concert appearances include Mahler’s Symphony No.2 with BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Thomas Søndergård and Bruckner’s Te Deum with Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich under Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

Klara Ek is much in demand by the world’s principal early music ensembles with whom she has performed in many major venues. In addition, with Alan Curtis and Il Complesso Barocco she has recorded Jommelli’s Ezio, Scarlatti’s Tolomeo e Alessandro and Handel’s Berenice. 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.

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Contacts

Ian Stones +44 (0)20 3725 9104
Clare Erskine +44 (0)20 3725 9145

Reviews

"Ek gained in vocal power and concentration, ultimately achieving an expressive focus that commanded attention." (George Hall, The Guardian, February 2014)

“Ek provided an angelic soprano solo in the piece’s central moment of compassion, from the Gospel of John – ‘And ye now therefore have sorrow, but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice …" (Toronto Globe and Mail, May 2013)

"…her keen sense of drama, combined with impeccable intonation and creamy timbre, made me wish to hear her in a complete production of one of these [Mozart] operas." (Peter Marks, bachtrack, March 2013)

"Klara Ek's blazing, impetuous Berenice is worth every one of those five stars on its own"

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"Ek gained in vocal power and concentration, ultimately achieving an expressive focus that commanded attention." (George Hall, The Guardian, February 2014)

“Ek provided an angelic soprano solo in the piece’s central moment of compassion, from the Gospel of John – ‘And ye now therefore have sorrow, but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice …" (Toronto Globe and Mail, May 2013)

"…her keen sense of drama, combined with impeccable intonation and creamy timbre, made me wish to hear her in a complete production of one of these [Mozart] operas." (Peter Marks, bachtrack, March 2013)

"Klara Ek's blazing, impetuous Berenice is worth every one of those five stars on its own" (The Guardian, 2010)

“Klara Ek, a soprano with a clear, classical, crystalline sound.” (The Washington Post, May 2009)

“The great discovery of the evening was the young Swede, Klara Ek, with her expressive, polished style.” (Classique News, January 2009)

“Klara Ek's voice proved a thing of expansive beauty. Her remarkable clarity throughout the taxing coloratura gymnastics of ‘Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion’ was breathtaking, as were the purity and directness of her gentle I know that my redeemer liveth.” (Pioneer Press, December 2008)

“Her light, gleaming, but never acidic soprano makes her a name to watch.” (Financial Times, January 2007)

“Klara Ek brought a brilliance and éclat to the extravagant showpiece.” (Sunday Express)

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