Dr. Kristin Boggs Clark, mezzo-soprano, has been lauded for her “technical prowess” and “approachability” (classical.net). She can be heard in the role of Electre on the 2015 GRAMMY nominated recording of Milhaud’s L’Orestie d’Eschyle, for which Opera News described her voice as “slicing the air unassailably.” In 2015, Dr. Clark made her solo debut in Carnegie Hall, singing Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Blue Period Ensemble. Particularly at home on the concert stage, Dr. Clark has appeared as a guest soloist with organizations such as the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony, the Bozeman Symphony, the Oakland Choral Society, the University Musical Society and the Adrian Symphony. Other notable concert appearances include the world premiere of Susan Botti’s Tagore Madrigals at the American Academy in Rome and a Canadian tour of Aaron Copland’s In the Beginning. An active recitalist, Dr. Clark enjoys sharing the stage with her husband and pianist, Phillip Clark. Recent recital appearances from the duo include a guest artist recital with the Adrian Symphony Orchestra and recital of French works at the Toledo Museum of Art.
Opera audiences have seen Dr. Clark on stage with Michigan Opera Theatre, Arbor Opera Theatre, The Metropolitan Baroque Ensemble, the University of Michigan Opera Theatre and the Blue Lake Summer Arts Festival. Favorite performances include the role of Dritte Magd in Elektra with Christine Goerke and the title roles in Dido and Aeneas, Hansel and Gretel and Gluck’s Armide. Dr. Clark’s other operatic roles include Vlasta in The Passenger, Jo in Little Women, the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Mercedes in Carmen and Florence Pike in Albert Herring.
Dr. Clark completed her doctorate in vocal performance at the University of Michigan, where she also received Master’s degrees in vocal performance and choral conducting. As a graduate student in conducting, she led the University’s Orpheus Singers and Residential College choirs, and she received the honor of conducting in a master class with Helmuth Rilling. As a graduate student vocalist, Dr. Clark made solo appearances with every major choral and orchestral ensemble on campus, performed in recital with Martin Katz and was selected to sing in master classes with Jessye Norman, Ann Baltz, and David Daniels. Dr. Clark also performed as a cover to Norman in a workshop of Laura Karpman’s Ask Your Mama. As an alum, she has returned to her alma mater to perform works by De Falla and Gubaidulina with the University Symphony Orchestra and Band.
Dr. Clark is currently an Assistant Professor and the Coordinator of Voice at Adrian College. She previously held teaching positions at the University of Michigan and Concordia University. She has also taught on the voice faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and the MPulse Vocal Arts Institute and Musical Theatre Workshops. Former students of hers have gone on to perform leading and supporting roles on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in national tours and to pursue graduate studies in opera.