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. Recognized for her excellence in Minnesota, Clara was a recipient of the prestigious 2018-2019 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Musicians administered by MacPhail Center for Music.
Upcoming engagements in the 2021/2022 season include Handel’s Messiah for her debut with the Kansas City Symphony, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Milwaukee Symphony and her London debut at Wigmore Hall.
In the 2020/2021 season she debuted with the Minnesota Opera in their filmed production of Britten’s Albert Herring, as Mrs. Herring and in recital with Wu Han & Friends for the Schubert Club in St. Paul.
Performance highlights include her debut with the Milwaukee Symphony, Mid-Columbia Symphony, St. Paul Civic Orchestra, Tulsa Signature Symphony, Winona Symphony Orchestra, Winston Salem Symphony, Back Bay Chorale, and the Mobile Symphony Orchestra. Clara is a frequent collaborator of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and with them she has performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, and Dominick Argento’s orchestral song cycles Casa Guidi and A few words about Chekhov.
In 2017, Clara became the first ever American prize winner when she placed second at Thomas Quasthoff’s International Das Lied Competition in Heidelberg, Germany; was a finalist in the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competition and was awarded the Richard Tauber Prize for the best interpretation of Schubert Lieder; and won the Houston Saengerbund Competition. She won the Radio-Canada People’s Choice Award and third place in the song division at the 2018 Concours Musical International de Montréal. 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.
An active educator, Clara has given masterclasses and convocations at Syracuse University, Muhlenberg College, Seattle University, Concordia College (Moorhead), and North Dakota State University. She was the guest artist in residence at Indiana State University’s 50th Contemporary Music Festival celebrating the music of Libby Larsen and has served on the Aspen Music Festival’s Professional Choral Institute in partnership with Seraphic Fire.
Clara received her Bachelor of Musical Arts degree with emphasis in Voice from North Dakota State University in 2008, and Master of Arts Degree in Voice from the University of Iowa in 2010.
In addition to performing, Clara serves as the Associate Artistic Director of Source Song Festival, a week-long art song festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota and participates in a number of ensembles, including Lumina Women’s Ensemble and Seraphic Fire.
For more information, visit www.claraosowski.com.
"...her smooth legato took on a tragic tone that matched the words of suffering and heartbreak."
"She sang its lyrics of shattered love with impressive power..."
"...a mezzo of depth and strength."
- Art Songs at Concours Musical International de Montreal
- Wigmore Hall | Independent Opera International Song Competition 2019
- The Rainy Day | Haunted Blue
- Das Lied International Song Competition
- Handel Aria Competition
- Schubert Club Interview: Minnesota's Osowski wins at Das Lied International Song Competition