Klara Ek’s soprano voice has a rare clarity and beauty that is appreciated by many of the world’s foremost conductors and orchestras. She has sung Mahler’s 4 Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Los Angeles Philharmonic and NHK Orchestra under names such as Bernard Haitink, Gustavo Dudamel and Vladimir Ashkenazy. She recently debuted with the same work at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, then with BBC Wales under the direction of Thomas Søndergaard. This season she is currently at Malmö Opera where she participates in the operetta gala ”An evening with Thalia”. At the same theater, she recently sang the role of Diana in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld.
Klara is especially appreciated for her contributions to early music with conductors such as René Jacobs, Ton Koopman, Christopher Hoogwood, Antonio Antonini, Ottavio Dantone, Philippe Herreweghe and Alan Curtis. Klara has sung Edilia in Handel’s Almira at the Staatsoper Hamburg during Sébastian Rouland, Clelie in Hasses Leucippo at the Opera Köln with Gianluca Capuano, Rosmonda in Porporas Il Germanio in Germanica and Elisetta in Cimarosas Il Matrimonio Segreto at Innsbrucker Festwochen and Alten Musik de Marchi and the title role in Handel’s Berenice at Theater an der Wien, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Teatro Real, with Alan Curtis and Il Complesso Barocco, a role she also recorded on CD.
Klara has sung the soprano part in Handel’s Messiah with, among others Minnesota Orchestra under Osmo Vänskä, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and Nashville Symphony Orchestra with Christopher Warren-Green and National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC with Rinaldo Alessandrini.
Klara made her debut as Susanna in Figaro’s Wedding at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen; a role she also sang at Staatsoper Stuttgart and Göteborgsoperan. Other Mozart roles are Pamina in Trollflöjten at Staatsoper Stuttgart, Erste Dame in the same opera at La Monnaie in Brussels, Papagena at Drottningholms Slottsteater, Ilia in Idomeneo at Den Jyske Opera, Despina in Cosi fan Tutte at Folkoperan in Stockholm and Den Jyske Opera and Countess in Figaro’s Wedding at the Hokutopia Festival in Tokyo. Klara has also recorded several Mozart operas with Ian Page and Classical Opera / The Mozartists; see discography below.