Praised for her “brilliant technique” and her “velvety timbre” (Opera Magazine), Swiss-Belgian soprano Chiara Skerath studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with Glenn Chambers.
The young soprano has since been awarded numerous prizes including the Audience Prize and 6th Prize at the 2014 Queen Elisabeth Competition; the Grand Prix de Duo Chant-Piano at the 2013 International Nadia et Lili Boulanger Competition; and the Emmerich Smola Förderpreis in 2012. She also received the Migros Culture Scholarship both in 2011 and 2012.
Skerath has sung many Mozart roles such as Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte) at Oper Frankfurt; Servilia (La Clemenza di Tito) at the Opéra du Rhin; Cinna (Lucio Silla) at Theater an der Wien, Opéra de Versailles and Philharmonie de Paris; Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) at the Opéra de Saint-Etienne; Barbarina and Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie and Operklosterneuburg and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) at the famed Drottningholm Festival in Sweden.
Skerath’s ecclectic repertoire also includes acclaimed performances as the Italian Singer (Capriccio, Strauss) at the Paris Opera; Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus, Strauss) at the Opéra Comique in Paris; Flower Maiden (Parsifal, Wagner) at the Salzburg Festival; Euridice (Orfeo e Euridice, Gluck) at Musikfest Bremen; Adina (Elisire d’Amore, Donizetti) at the Opéra de Metz; Norina (Don Pasquale, Donizetti) at Operklosterneuburg; as well as Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady, Loewe) at the Opéra d’Avignon or, more recently, Clorinda (La Cenerentola, Rossini) and Clotilde (creation of Trompe la Mort, Luca Francesconi) both at the Opéra National de Paris.
She has performed under the batons of such eminent conductors as Christian Thielemann, Marc Minkowski, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Ingo Metzmacher and Laurence Equilbey.
Chiara Skerath is equally renowned as a recitalist and concert singer and studied this repertoire intensively with the late Ruben Lifschitz.
Future engagements include the title role of l’Incoronazione di Poppea at the Angers Nantes Opera and Mélisande with Marc Minkowski at the Opéra National de Bordeaux, as well recitals with Antoine Palloc. She makes her Wigmore Hall debut in January 2018.