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Spotlight Sunday - Charity Clark

Welcome back to Spotlight Sundays! Today we are pleased to feature another member of the cast of Speaking Her Truth: an evening of music by composer Jessica Rudman.

If you haven't heard, tickets are on-sale for Speaking Her Truth and are available for purchase through our website! Share this link with a friend to help us spread the word! We hope to see you on Saturday, April 28 at 7:30pm at Christ Church Cathedral's Parish House in downtown Hartford.

For this week's Spotlight, we are thrilled to feature HOTOpera veteran; mezzo-soprano, Charity Clark! Charity has been seen on the HOTOpera stage as Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible, the Voodoo Priestess in Liam Wade's The Stranger the Better (NIN7) and the Buddhist Priest in scenes from Christopher McCormick's In A Grove (NIN4). We are pleased to welcome back Charity as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Four Songs for Lady Macbeth by Jessica Rudman! We hope you enjoy reading about Charity and what Opera for the Twenty-Second Century means to her.


Charity Clark, mezzo-soprano, is thrilled collaborate with Hartford Opera Theater and The Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra to premier Jessica Rudman’s powerful Songs for Lady MacBeth.

Praised for her warm, rich tones, Charity has performed the roles of Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible, Mrs. Anderssen in A Little Night Music, The Witch in Hansel and Gretel, La Maestra Delle Novicie in Suor Angelica, Little Buttercup in HMS Pinafore, The Fairy Queen in Iolanthe,Lady Jane in Patience, The Duchess in The Gondoliers, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, Emilia in Otello, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, La Badessa in Suor Angelica, and Third Lady in The Magic Flute. She has had the pleasure of pleasure of premiering the role of the Buddhist Priest in

Chris McCormick's opera In A Grove as part of Hartford Opera Theater’s fourth annual New in November Festival.

In addition, Charity has appeared as a soloist performing oratorio and song repertoire including Mozart's Requiem, Vivaldi's Gloria, Britten's Ceremony of Carols, Mozart's Regina Coeli, Handel's Messiah,Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, Schubert's Mass in G, Beethoven’s Mass in C, and Berio’s Folk Songs. Recently, Charity had the opportunity to collaborate with the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra for performances of William Walton’s Façade, Derek Bermel’s Canzonas Americanas, and the world premiere of the extended song cycle Iseult Speaks by Jessica Rudman.

Here's what Charity had to say about Opera for the Twenty-Second Century!

I’m personally excited by “Opera for the 22nd Century” and the possibilities new compositions bring to the operatic canon. We are living in a time where social mores, gender roles, and the ways we treat our fellow humans are being challenged. The status quo is no longer acceptable and this is an excellent development. Opera has been telling stories of the human experience for hundreds of years but for all of this time the story tellers have predominantly been men. #Timesup

I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to work with Hartford Opera Theater, a company who constantly champions new works, to tell a story about a woman, written by a woman. Opera for the 22nd century is here and the future look bright!


Thank you so much for tuning in to our Opera for the Twenty-Second Century blog! Tune in later this week for an interview with librettist, Kendra Preston Leonard and later this month for an interview with composer, Jessica Rudman!

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