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Lunchtime Concert Series: Lyra Lecture Recital - Before Schubert: Haydn's Songs with Clara Osowski, mezzo soprano

  • The Baroque Room 275 East 4th Street Suite #280 Saint Paul, MN 55118 USA (map)

The Baroque Room
Lunchtime Concert Series: Lyra Lecture Recital

Before Schubert — Haydn's Songs

Clara Osowski, mezzo soprano

Admission is FREE

Featuring "Das Leben ist ein Traum" "The Wanderer" and "She Never Told Her Love".

Because we associate Schubert as the master of the Lied, the cosmopolitan songs of Haydn often go unnoticed and are frequently less programmed. We will explore the texts and the development of the piano as a dramatic element, and highlight the importance of Haydn's song specifically within the development of Lied and daringly early romanticism.

Mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski, who sings “from inside the music with unaffected purity and sincerity” (UK Telegraph), is an active soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. Recognized for her excellence in Minnesota, Clara was a recipient of the prestigious 2018–2019 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Musicians administered by MacPhail Center for Music. In international competition with pianist Tyler Wottrich, March 2017, Clara was the very first American prize winner, placing second at Thomas Quasthoff’s Das Lied Competition in Heidelberg, Germany. In September, the duo was also one of four to reach the finals in the prestigious Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competition in London, and Clara was awarded the Richard Tauber Prize for the best interpretation of Schubert Lieder. She recently won the Radio-Canada People’s Choice Award and third place in the song division at the 2018 Concours Musical International de Montréal. Active also as an educator, Clara has enjoyed giving masterclasses at several universities. She was also the guest artist in residence at Indiana State University’s 50th Contemporary Music Festival. Clara also teaches on the faculty at Aspen Music Festival’s Professional Choral Institute in partnership with Seraphic Fire. Please see for more information.