From the Press

“Each of the mezzo-sopranos in the title role brings her own perspective to the violated woman… Clea Nemetz (today/Saturday) presents a more grandly tragic figure.”

Kelly Dean Hansen
Boulder Daily Camera

“…and mezzo Clea Nemetz sang with formidable virtuosity over a wide range…”

Richard Dyer
The Boston Globe

“Clea Nemetz, professional and polished, is sinister comic relief as Jupiter’s vengeful wife, Juno…”

Kelly Dean Hansen
Boulder Daily Camera

“Some of CU Opera’s most familiar faces appear in both ‘L’Enfant’ and ‘Schicchi.’ Soprano Sara Gartland and mezzo Clea Nemetz, who have major roles in ‘Schicchi,’ are basically cameos in ‘L’Enfant… Other notable performances include Nemetz as the comically serious family matron…”

Kelly Dean Hansen
Boulder Daily Camera

“What redeemed the evening was pianist Mutsumi Moteki’s superbly refined accompaniment, and Clea Nemetz’s polished and clearly projected mezzo-soprano.”

Sabine Kortals

“[Julie] Simson performs on both Friday and Sunday, as does Clea Nemetz, whose portrayal of the noble but flawed Mother Marie, the assistant prioress, is sensitive and nuanced.”

Kelly Dean Hansen
Boulder Daily Camera

“But the star of the show is Clea Nemetz. Her Cenerentola traverses the growth from shy kitchen maid to mature and commanding dispenser of justice with a warmth that is always believable, and her mezzo-soprano voice is nothing less than spectacular in its power, agility, and beauty.”

Norman Rabkin
San Francisco Classical Voice

“This opera is potentially a star vehicle for Jo, sung powerfully here by Clea Nemetz, a performer with many gifts… The role is driven mainly through acting, and Nemetz managed well the transformation of the character from child to woman… Nemetz has the right voice and body for this part…”

Barbara Baker
San Francisco Classical Voice

“The Dalila, mezzo-soprano Clea Nemetz, just out of the MA program at New England Conservatory, has a much riper…voice.”

Lloyd Schwartz
The Music

“Clea Nemetz sang the nurse with opulent tones.”

Richard Dyer
The Boston Globe

“… Nemetz has a lustrous mezzo tone, with easy top notes…”

Richard Dyer
The Boston Globe


“Clea Huston was outstanding in the Verdi Requiem. Her mezzo voice was rich and beautiful as she expressed the dramatic subtlety of the vocal line. She is a true artist, a very passionate and intelligent performer.”

Kelly Anderson
Executive Director
Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra

“Clea Huston has been a featured soloist for Con Brio Choral Society several times, in repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary. She possesses a beautiful voice, with a wonderful, clean, rich tone that she carries throughout her range. Audiences love her. We have paired her with a soprano who has a large voice (to say the least) and full orchestra: Clea’s mezzo line comes through clearly and powerfully. She also excels in ensemble work, blending well with other soloists and feeling the music together with the other soloists (and with the director). Clea is thoroughly professional (responds to requests for publicity and bio materials, arrives on time, knows the music, participates eagerly), makes our chorus feel good about what we are doing, and is a delight to be around. In short, great voice, thoroughly professional, a pleasure to work with.”

Stephen D. Bruce, Ph.D.
Music Director
Con Brio Choral Society

“…Thank you so much, Clea, for your focused and elegant work in this opera. I’m very grateful for your talent, concentration, and good will. With all regards, and gratitude. Yours, Mark”

Mark Adamo

“Clea demonstrated that she is a first-class artist – she possesses a sublime voice, refined musicianship, full knowledge of the repertoire and great professionalism. Her performance of Saint-Saëns’s ‘Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix’ was simply mesmerizing. It is always a pleasure to make music together.”

Norman Gamboa
Music Director/Conductor
Aurora Symphony Orchestra, Powder River Symphony Orchestra, American Philharmonic-Sonoma County

“Clea Huston is a truly lovely artist with a beautiful, warm mezzo-soprano voice that has a burnished timbre and an impressive range. Mrs. Huston is a wonderful musician with a winning stage presence and is an admirable colleague. She is at home in a variety of repertoire including the more spinto and dramatic operatic heroines, all styles of oratorio, and music theater roles. She is equally at home on the operatic stage and in the concert arena.”

Martile Rowland
Founder & Artistic Director
Opera Theater of the Rockies

“…Clea possesses a rich vibrant voice that can sustain dramatic repertoire. She expects the highest professional quality from herself and also gives you 110% in everything she does.”

Julie Simson

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