Clara Sandler, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, feels at home in a wide range of styles, from opera, oratorio and recitals, to zarzuela and tango. Critics have praised her singing as “both powerful and gentle, capturing a remarkable range of emotions”, her voice possessing “a radiantly rich and mellow tone quality”. Ms. Sandler appeared as the featured soloist at the Boston premiere of Gorecki’s “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”, with the Boston Chamber Ensemble. With this orchestra she also performed Wagner’s “Wesendonck Lieder”, her singing praised by The Boston Globe for her “dark and attractive timbre”.
Some of her operatic roles include Oscar (“Un ballo in maschera”), Nella (“Gianni Schicchi”, named “Best Opera” in 1999 by The Boston Globe), Yum-Yum (“The Mikado”), Elsie Maynard (“Yeomen of the Guard”), performed with the Boston Academy of Music, and Papagena (“Magic Flute”) with the New Bedford Symphony. She appeared in the world premiere of Daniel Pinkham’s opera “The Cask of Amontillado” with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Her oratorio credits include the soprano solos in Haydn’s “The Creation” and “Harmoniemesse”, Schubert’s “Mirjams Siegesgesang”, Bizet’s “Te Deum”, Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”, Mozart’s “Requiem” and “Coronation Mass”, Bach’s “Magnificat” and “Cantata #80”, and Handel’s “Messiah”, among others.
An avid researcher of music from Spain and Latin America, Ms. Sandler has presented many recitals in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Uruguay and in her native Buenos Aires. She is a member of the Boston Arts Consort, which performs music from Spain in the New England area.
Ms. Sandler, a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, is on its Voice faculty at the Preparatory & Continuing Education Schools as well as at Boston College’s Music Department. Her CD “Alma Apasionada, Songs from Spain and Argentina”, was released in 2006 by Newport Classic. She is currently completing her second year of training towards the certification in the Alexander Technique at the AT Center of Cambridge, directed by Tommy Thompson.