Chiara Skerath

Soprano

Biography

Praised by Opera Magazine for her “brilliant technique” and her “velvety timbre,” young Swiss soprano Chiara Skerath has now recently made acclaimed debuts as Micaëla at the Opéra National de Bordeaux, Euridice (Glück) at the Zürich Opera House, and Ilione (Campra) at the Berliner Staatsoper.

This season, Chiara is singing Ilione in Idoménée at the Opéra de Lille and at the Berliner Staatsoper. She is also singing as Ilia in Idomeneo at the Opéra Grand Avignon; sings several concerts with La Chapelle Harmonique at Versailles, the English Concert at Wigmore Hall, the Ensemble Matheus, The Mozartists (with whom she has already recorded two CDs produced by signum classics), Les Musiciens du Louvre, and Insula Orchestra. Her engagements during the latest opera season include singing Clorinda in La Cenerentola and the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte at the Opéra National de Paris, and touring Europe to reprise her role as Ännchen in Freischütz with the Insula Orchestra (for which the CDs and DVDs are now available via Warner Classics). She also sings Antigone in Enesco’s Œdipe at the Salzburg Festival, Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande at the Opéra National de Bordeaux (for which Outhere music has just released the CD).

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Reviews

“Skerath’s ability to deliver and mould every word of the accompanied recitative was remarkable, as was the aria ‘Barbari … ah non ferite’ (‘Barbarians … don not wound me’), dramatic, certainly, and with Skerath in total command of the wide range demanded by Jommelli.”

Skerath again here, and how poignantly the strings set up the atmosphere, hushed, whispered almost, but with an underlying unrest. Jommelli’s harmonic workings in the aria (‘Io resto sempre e piangere’ / ‘I shall remain and weep forever’) are a thing of beauty, a gentle lilt accompanying the vocal line. Skerath was, again, infinitely touching and convincing, her golden legato remarkable.”

“In performance terms, frankly I could listen to Skerath’s recitatives all day; the expansive lines of the aria were delivered with a beautifully open voice – and how accurate the semiquavers and leaps. A cadenza flourish was particularly relishable.”

Colin Clarke

Seen and Heard International

“Sung by Chiara Skerath, we had a rather touching recitative with a luscious accompaniment followed by an aria that was full of notes indeed, Skerath gave a bravura performance, making all the passagework very engaging.”

Planet Hugill

More Reviews

Idoménée de Campra, Opéra de Lille

Chiara Skerath (Illione) est toute dignité et intensité, elle montre un investissement indéniable dans sa caractérisation, musicalement sans défaut, le timbre toujours beau.

Classiquenews

Cueillie à froid, la voix de Chiara Skerath (Ilione) nous paraît d’abord tendue, mais les accents de cette lionne blessée nous font bien vite tressaillir. L’incarnation subjuguera tout du long, au gré des émotions qui taraudent ce personnage complexe: dépit, amertume, rancœur et jubilation haineuse, remords, angoisse et même l’abandon amoureux, fugace, mais désarmant lorsqu’Idoménée renonce à son trône et à un amour impossible. Ses adieux à la vie, ultimes paroles de l’opéra, nous prennent à la gorge ( « Pour le punir, laissez-le vivre, C’est à moi seule de mourir »). Chapeau bas !

ForumOpera

Carmen, Opéra National de Bordeaux

Chiara Skerath, qui prend le rôle de Micaëla, se démarque avec une tessiture de soprano bien dessinée, son vibrato subtil lui permet de faire retentir des aigus cristallins et de réaliser des nuances exceptionnelles, notamment lors de son aria “Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante” dont l’invocation au Seigneur fait tressaillir.

Ôlyrix

Opéra de Lille, Le retour d’Idoménée

”Chiara Skerath qui brosse d’Ilione un portrait suprêmement émouvant et subtil, avec une mise en valeur supérieure du mot et de l’affect, en une géniale palette de couleurs, de dynamiques et d’ornements.”

Opéra Magazine

 

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