"Otherworldly” mezzo-soprano Clare McNamara brings her versatility to a wide variety of early and new repertoire throughout the United States and abroad. She has maintained affiliations as a soloist and ensemble member with groups such as Skylark, Handel+Haydn Society, Boston's Emmanuel Music, Cut Circle, Lorelei Ensemble, and The Boston Camerata. She appears on more than 19 commercial recordings, two of which have been nominated for GRAMMY® awards. Clare’s “astonishing” voice is heavily featured in the 2020 “pathbreaking” release of Cut Circle’s one-to-a-part compendium of the works of Johannes Ockeghem (Gramophone Magazine); she has joined Cut Circle for multiple European festivals (Utrecht, Regensburg, Antwerp, and Maastricht). She was also recently hailed as “pure-toned” and “as good as they come” (MusicWeb International) for her solo Hildegard chant on the GRAMMY®-nominated Skylark album Seven Words from the Cross (2018). During her nine years with Lorelei, engagements included collaborations with A Far Cry (Kareem Roustom’s Hurry to the Light) and the Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons (Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Debussy’s Nocturnes, and George Benjamin’s Dream of the Song). Clare made her New York soloist debut alongside the St. Thomas Fifth Avenue Choir of Men and Boys (Daniel Hyde) in Handel's Messiah (2017). Clare also made her solo debut at Boston’s Symphony Hall in Handel+Haydn Society's 2018 performance of Bach's Mass in B Minor, under the baton of Harry Christophers, and returned later in the year as alto soloist in Bach’s Missa Brevis in G major. Since 2019, Clare has been a rostered alto at the Staunton Music Festival in Staunton, VA. The 2020-2021 season would have blossomed with solo opportunities: The Boston Camerata’s “A Night’s Tale” and “Three Sisters” (Anne Azéma), and Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Israel in Egypt with Handel+Haydn (Harry Christophers). Clare would have debuted with Tenet (Jolle Greenleaf) and the Washington Bach Consort (Dana Marsh). The 2021-2022 season marked a return to performance as a soloist for the Washington Bach Consort's “All that is Rite." The season’s concerts and studio recordings included two Skylark projects: the GRAMMY®-nominated album, it’s a long way, and an album of a new choral retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, composed by Benedict Sheehan. Clare joined the roster of Boston's Emmanuel Music in the 2022-2023 season, where she sang multiple Bach cantata solos (Ryan Turner). Clare appears as one of many soloists on Skylark's 2023 release of La vie en rose; she also recorded Skylark's upcoming album "Clear Voices in the Dark" when she was 32 weeks pregnant. Clare rapidly pivoted to digital music creation during the pandemic. She recorded a solo recital and a program of women’s trios for Skylark’s digital subscription platform, Skylark+; she also co-founded a new vocal trio, Ourania, with Sarah Moyer and Janet Stone. In January, 2021, Clare appeared as the vocal soloist (works by Michelle DiBucci and Gustav Mahler) for the United Nations’ Chamber Music Society’s concert for the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, which was globally broadcast on the UN’s YouTube Channel and on Facebook. Clare holds an BA in Music from Princeton University and an MM in Early Music from the Longy School of Music of Bard College. She resides in the Greater Boston area with her husband, mother, and infant son Rowan--the newest of the Babylarks.