Claire Karoly Ard
NDNU alumna and staff, mezzo-soprano
Claire Virginia Karoly is an eclectic, multi-talented artist with a foundation in classical and operatic singing. She wishes to blend multiple styles of music ranging from baroque opera and oratorio to punk cabaret; there's no reason why different styles can't work hand in hand! Having sung primary in choirs before college, she majored in vocal performance at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont hoping to broaden her horizons and fuel her passion for singing. Claire graduated summa cum laude in 2010 and currently studies with basso-profondo Gregory Stapp. Appearances include the lead in The Old Maid and the Thief, The Magic Flute, Chicago and Anything Goes, as well as the west coast and world premieres of two contemporary operas. Cleopatra, her mixed-genre interpretation of Handel's Giulio Cesare, showed at NDNU in 2011. Claire has sung with Muze, formerly known as the JackAces, since May 2012.