(Photo: Peter Hislop)
Canberra based, Greta Claringbould is a freelance Baroque soprano, with extensive performance experience as a soloist of Baroque oratorio and cantata.
Greta holds a Bachelor of Music with Honours in Viola Performance, an AMusA in vocal studies, and an ATCL in Violin Performance. Currently, Greta is Principal Soprano of ensemble Adhoc Baroque, Head of Choirs at Canberra Girls Grammar School, where she directs the school's choral program from kinder through year twelve, teaches voice and directs the Bella Voce, Cantantes and Coro da Camera choirs. Greta is a former professional orchestral violist, leader of the Violas in the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra, chorister with the Wellington Cathedral Choir and Director of the iconic Canberra Children's Choir.
Greta has advanced vocal aptitude and passion for Baroque music and has developed an extensive specialist repertoire in baroque oratorio and cantata. Her vocal timbre combines purity and clarity combined with warmth and richness. Greta's fluent execution of florid baroque runs is renowned. She frequently performs as soprano soloist with various Canberra choirs and ensembles.
2016 Sydney Morning Herald Review "Soprano Greta Claringbould has a neat elegance in her delivery, skilfully executing ornaments and articulating every note of each run."
In 2016, Greta along with alto Maartje Sevenster and harpsichord/continuo player Peter Young collectively formed the Trio Adhoc Baroque which regularly performs esoteric sacred and secular Baroque chamber works, including the 2017 Antipodean premier of Brunetti's 1764 Stabat Mater. In October 2018 Adhoc Baroque made their debut at the Canonwindra Baroque Festival and in April 2019 they will perform the Australian premiere of Vanhal's Stabat Mater.
Greta's forthcoming 2019 engagements include Handel's Messiah with New Zealand Baroque and the Scholars Pro Musica.