US soprano gets a call saying the King wants to see her

US soprano gets a call saying the King wants to see her


norman lebrecht

April 24, 2020

Claron McFadden, from Rochester, NY, got a call today from the Mayor of Amsterdam that she is to be honoured with a knighthood in the order of Orange-Nassau.



  • Robert King says:

    Brilliant news – one of the nicest and most talented soloists in the business.

    Claron’s audition with me in 1988 was the shortest I’ve ever done. I’d heard that there was a wonderful soprano soloist newly arrived on the European baroque scene: we arranged to meet in Utrecht.

    Claron sang the first phrase of her first aria, gloriously.
    I stopped her.
    “That’s completely wonderful. I don’t need to hear another note. Would you like to record Galatea in Handel’s “Acis and Galatea?”.
    “You’ve got the job”.

    We’d allowed an hour, so we spent the remaining 59 minutes singing everything that came into Claron’s and my mind. After that first concert and recording project we toured in Europe, South America, the Far East, and we’ve remained friends ever since.

    And now SD has brought the best news that’s come my way all week. Brava, Claron!

  • John Borstlap says:

    She is a fantastic singer and a true musician, putting all of her considerable talents in the service of the score.

  • Ira Spaulding says:

    Couldn’t happen to a nice colleague. “Gefeliciteerd!”

  • Rosemary Hardy says:

    Great, Claron!

  • ava liss says:

    So groovy, Claron!!! I remember you from Eastman!

  • Joe Alvarez says:

    I was a high school mate of clarion McFadden in Rochester NY at Bishop Kearney High. We were in plays together. Everyone who was involved in the theater new Claron was a special talent and when she would perform the auditorium would stop with amazing silence to hear claron sing. Even back then we new great thing would come her way when it came to her talent. Congrats Claron, you make us proud to have work with you. I will never forget Tuptin in the King And I.. keep on making your mark in the world..Joe Alvarez

  • Deirdre Hickey says:

    Congratulations to the most genuine lady I had the pleasure of attending high school with just a ‘few years’ ago. Claron, this is incredible, best wishes forever!

  • Luis Marquez says:

    Many happy returns! Give my regards to His Majesty!
    Luis Marquez
    Former Editor
    Pro-opera magazine Mexico