Kathleen Clawson, American Mezzo-Soprano   Kathleen Clawson
Biography
Kathleen Clawson, American Mezzo-Soprano   American mezzo-soprano KATHLEEN CLAWSON is consistently praised for the burnished, bronze beauty of her voice enhanced by an innate musicality and a persuasive, sensuous manner of communication. She has appeared throughout the United States in opera, on the concert stage and recital platform in a wide range of repertoire from Bach and Janacek to Verdi and Wagner.
Kathleen Clawson, American Mezzo-Soprano   Highlights of the current (2004-2005) season include her Carnegie Hall debut with the New England Symphonic Ensemble in a Haydn/Mozart program and debut appearances with the Annapolis Symphony in El Amor Brujo and the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony in Mahler's Symphony No. 2. During the summer she rejoined The Santa Fe Opera (where she was recently heard in Eugene Onegin), this time as Stage Director for their Apprentice Program.
     
In addition to frequent appearances with the New Mexico Symphony, Miss Clawson has been guest soloist with the Symphony Orchestras of Dayton, Evansville, Grand Rapids, Midland, North Arkansas, Sacramento, San Juan, Santa Fe and Syracuse, among others, as well as the Berkshire Choral Festival, the Calvin College Oratorio Society and the Orchestra of San Antonio. Her opera credits include the Banff Festival of the Arts, The Dallas Opera, The Santa Fe Opera, New England Lyric Operetta Inc., Four Corners Opera, Dallas Lyric Opera, Southwest Opera and Theater Basel. She presented the World Premiere of Lanham Deal's Weather Songs at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival accompanied by Janos Starker, has recorded De Falla's El Amor Brujo for a recent United States tour by Maria Benitez' Teatro Flamenco and sung the Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music with Debby Boone across America and Japan. She made her New York debut at Lincoln Center as soloist in A Herbert Centennial with The Little Orchestra Society with whom she later starred in a rare performance of Herbert's Cyrano de Bergerac and on several occasions as the Mother in Amahl and the NIght Visitors in their annual fully-staged production of the Menotti classic at Avery Fisher Hall

Kathleen Clawson received her training at the Curtis Institue of Music in Phildelphia, the University of Southern California and the University of New Mexico and participated in the Merola Program of the San Francisco Opera and the Banff Centre Fine Arts Opera Program. She was a Metropolitan Opera Auditions National Finalist and won the Dewar’s Profiles in Performance Award.