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Marc Clear (Tenor)

Born: May 9, 1964 - Holland

The Dutch tenor, Marc Robert Clear, received his education in Maastricht, Holland, where he studied voice and music education at the conservatory. In 1989 he decided to further his soloist career at the Munich Opera studio.

Between 1990 and 2001 soloist contracts took Marc Clear to the Stadttheater Heidelberg, the Nationaltheater in Mannheim, the Staatstheater in Karlsruhe, the Munich Gärtnerplatztheater and lastly the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. During this time he was able to acquire a considerable amount of the lyric-tenor repertoire and enough experience to launch him into his current successful free-lance status. As a returning guest he has performed at the Semper Opera in Dresden, the Hamburg-State Opera, the Zürich Opera, in Trieste, Vienna, Antwerpen, Stuttgart, Montpellier, and at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. In T.V. and radio-recordings he has been heard and seen in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Benelux.

In the concert and festival circuit Marc Clear has been busy throughout Europe. He has been invited to Paris, Athens, Munich, London and Luzern and more than once sang with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Marek Janowski, Marcello Viotti and Christian Thielemann. He was also able to sharpen his stage-presence with directors such as Jean-Pierre Ponelle, Götz Friedrich, Günter Kremer and Robert Herzl. He starred at the Schönbrunn Mozart-Festival, the Cagliari Music Festival, the Orange Festival in France and frequently at the Operetta- Festival in Mörbisch.

In 1997 Marc Clear received a Critics Award for his interpretation of Tony in Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story in Munich and in recent years has received critical acclaim for his performances of Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon and Lenskij in Tchaikovsky’s Onegin, both at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. In the Season 2001-2002 Marc Clear guested, among other things, in Antwerpen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and Vienna (Cassio in Othello). In 2003 and 2004 he starred in Webber's The Phantom of the Opera in Copenhagen and in Les Miserables as Javert and Jean Valjean in Berlin.

Source: Liner notes to the CD ‘J.S. BACH: St. Luke Passion’ conducted by Douglas Bostock (Classico, 2000); Marc Clear Website (2004)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2001, October 2004)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Douglas Bostock


BWV 246

Links to other Sites

Marc Clear (Official Website) [English/Dutch/German]

Marc Clear [German[

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