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 recognised by many of the world’s leading conductors and orchestras. This season Klara returns to Collegium Vocale Gent in a Handel Programme under Philippe Herreweghe on tour across Europe. She also joins the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra under Xian Zhang for Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg for Carmina Burana.

On stage, Klara Ek’s most recent debuts include Rosmonda in a rare staging of Porpora’s Il Germanico in Germania for the Innsbruck Festival, 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.

Klara Ek has a voice of remarkable clarity and beauty recognised by many of the world’s leading conductors and orchestras. This season Klara returns to Collegium Vocale Gent in a Handel Programme under Philippe Herreweghe on tour across Europe. She also joins the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra under Xian Zhang for Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg for Carmina Burana.

On stage, Klara Ek’s most recent debuts include Rosmonda in a rare staging of Porpora’s Il Germanico in Germania for the Innsbruck Festival, 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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Contacts

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

Reviews

“Soprano Klara Ek sounded aptly innocent in the final movement, and the very end had all the serene stillness one could want” (The Guardian, September 2015)

“Klara Ek's Rosmonda provided immaculate coloratura without tiring. She cooed, sighed, cried, laughed with inexhaustible force. What a vocal performance from all those involved!” (BrKlassik. August 2015)

“The writing demands fearless singing and highly virtuosic acting, amongst the ladies Klara Ek proved especially thrilling as the hauntingly sensual, angry and suffering Rosmonda” (DiePresse.com, August 2015)

“Soprano Klara Ek sounded aptly innocent in the final movement, and the very end had all the serene stillness one could want” (The Guardian, September 2015)

“Klara Ek's Rosmonda provided immaculate coloratura without tiring. She cooed, sighed, cried, laughed with inexhaustible force. What a vocal performance from all those involved!” (BrKlassik. August 2015)

“The writing demands fearless singing and highly virtuosic acting, amongst the ladies Klara Ek proved especially thrilling as the hauntingly sensual, angry and suffering Rosmonda” (DiePresse.com, August 2015)

“That is why it [Germanico in Germania] needs the best, and the six-member ensemble proved world class in every facet.” (Meinbezirk, August 2015

“Klara Ek is charmingly dignified as the Ilia-like princess Ismene” (Brian Robins, Opera Magazine, October 2014)

“Klara Ek dominates with her artistic and virtuosic Climene.” (Pedro Obiera, Opernnetz, October 2014)

"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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