Soprano Clara Sandler, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, feels at home in a wide range of styles, from opera, oratorio and recitals, to zarzuela and tango. Critics have praised her singing as “both powerful and gentle, capturing a remarkable range of emotions”, and described her voice as possessing “a radiantly rich and mellow tone quality.” Sandler appeared as the featured soloist at the Boston premiere of Gorecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, for soprano and orchestra, with the Boston Chamber Ensemble. With this orchestra she performed Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, praised by The Boston Globe for her “dark and attractive timbre.”
Ms. Sandler's operatic roles include Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, named “Best Opera” in 1999 by The Boston Globe, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Elsie Maynard in Yeomen of the Guard, performed with the Boston Academy of Music, and Papagena in The Magic Flute with the New Bedford Symphony. She appeared in the world premiere of Daniel Pinkham’s opera The Cask of Amontillado with Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Her oratorio credits include the soprano solos in Haydn’s The Creation and Harmoniemesse, Schubert’s Mirjams Siegesgesang, Bizet’s Te Deum, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass, Bach’s Magnificat and Cantata #80, and Handel’s Messiah.
An avid researcher of music from Spain and Latin America, Sandler has presented many recitals in Boston, New York, Washington, DC, and in her native Buenos Aires. Her CD Alma Apasionada, Songs from Spain and Argentina was released by Newport Classic in 2006.
Clara Sandler was co-chair of the Voice department from 1997 to 2011. She is training to become a certified Alexander Technique practitioner under master teacher Tommy Thompson. She is a member of the Boston Arts Consort, which performs music from Spain in the Boston area.
B.M. Voice Performance, Magna cum Laude (Temple University College of Music), M.M. with Honors in Vocal Performance (NEC); faculty at Boston College.
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