Clarissa Meek

MEZZO-SOPRANO

Praised for her “excellent, firm, and clear rich sound” British mezzo-soprano Clarissa Meek has performed throughout the UK, and Europe in a broad range of repertoire.

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Clarissa Meek | Mrs Grose | The Turn of the Screw | Britten

Regarded as a versatile singer and engaging actress, early success saw Ms. Meek perform the title role in Scottish Opera’s production of Iolanthe, she subsequently went on to perform frequently with the company in roles including Madam Larina Eugene Onegin, Grandmother Buryjovka Jenůfa, and the Violin Pupil Street Scene, she also created the role of Annie Fisher in Christopher Alden’s production of Friend of the People under the baton of Richard Farnes, for which Opera Magazine wrote “Clarissa Meek must be mentioned as a touching Annie: her voice has colour and character, and her wide-eyed despairing monologue was one of the evening’s few moving moments.” Other early success saw Ms. Meek create the roles of Fear and Model in Harrison Birtwistle’s The Second Mrs Kong under the baton of Elgar Howarth, gain critical acclaim for her performance of Madam Larina Eugene Onegin under the baton of Gennady Rozdhestvensky, and was also seen as Mother in John Lunn’s Misper all for Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera.

Over the last decade she has been a regular at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, singing and covering roles such as Alisa Lucia di Lammermoor, Sphynx Oedipe, Xenia’s Nurse and Hostess of the Inn Boris Godunov, Virgie Anna Nicole, Zita and Frugola Il Trittico, Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte, Lady Essex Gloriana, 2nd Squire, Heavenly Voice Parsifal, and Pelagia Grigorievna Podochina The Nose.

Recipient of the Glyndebourne Erich Vietheer Memorial Award previous seasons’ have seen her sing the Sorceress Dido and Aeneas, Mezzo Soloist in Les Noces, and 2nd Maid Elektra (Opera North); Katisha The Mikado and Mrs Grose The Turn of the Screw (Grange Park Opera); Alcmene Die Liebe der Danae and Mayor’s Sister May Night (Garsington Opera); Fox The Cunning Little Vixen (Opera Theatre Company; Czech Republic); and Virtu/Pallade L’incoronazione di Poppea (De Nederlandse Opera; New York); Katharina Schratt Mayerling (Royal Ballet, Covent Garden); the Hostess Bake for One Hour (English National Opera); and Mrs Herring Albert Herring, Frugola & Zita Il Trittico, Fox The Cunning Little Vixen, Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte, and the Nurse King Priam (English Touring Opera).

With a broad and varied repertoire the concert hall has always played an important part in Ms. Meek’s career, engagements have taken her throughout Britain and Europe, most notably as Xenia's Nurse Boris Godunov (Royal Opera House/BBC Proms); Ursule Béatrice et Bénédict (BBC Symphony Orchestra/BBC Radio 3); Mendelssohn’s Elijah (Royal Scottish National Orchestra); Elgar’s Sea Pictures (Symphony Hall, Birmingham); the Dream of Gerontius (St Asaph's Cathedral); Haydn's Stabat Mater (Aldeburgh); Verdi Requiem (Paisley Abbey); Handel’s Messiah (Glyndebourne; Hannover), Berlioz Les Nuits d’Été (Flanders Symphony Orchestra); and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (Bamberger Symphoniker).

Recent engagements include Florence Pike Albert Herring (The Grange Festival); and Xenia’s Nurse Boris Godunov (Royal Opera House/BBC Proms). In the 2017/18 season she will perform Zita and Frugola Il Trittico (English Touring Opera).

Clarissa Meek is represented by Christopher Carroll Artist Management worldwide.
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