Ascelina Klee is a sought after German mezzosoprano, equally at home in oratorios, recitals and on the operatic stage.
Ascelina Klee is a member of the opera chorus at the Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater (Schwerin, Germany) for this season 2022/23.
She graduated in 2022 from the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she studied with Wilma MacDougall and Duncan Williams. She received a distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in London in her Master of Vocal Performance where she studied with Prof. Elizabeth Ritchie and Joseph Middleton. In 2018 she graduated with First Class Honours in her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg where she studied with Prof. Geert Smits and Prof. Burkhard Kehring.
Masterclasses with Roger Vignoles, Iain Ledingham, Florian Boesch, Prof. Krisztina Laki, and Simone Kermes, amongst others, furthered her musical training.
On the operatic stage Ascelina performed the role of Dargelos and Agathe in Philip Glass opera Les enfants terribles in November 2021, as well as the role of Hänsel in E. Humperdincks opera Hänsel und Gretel in January 2022 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
During her studies, her operatic engagements included Ottavia (L´incoronazione di Poppea/C.Monteverdi) at the opera stabile of the Hamburg State Opera, Charlotte (Werther/J.Massenet) and Hermia (A Midsummer Night´s Dream/B.Britten) for RAM Opera Scenes (2019/20), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro/W.A.Mozart) and Dorabella (Così fan tutte/W.A.Mozart) for opera scenes in Italy (2019), and the 3. Knave (Magic Flute/W.A.Mozart) for HFMT Hamburg with the Symphoniker Hamburg conducted by Willem Wentzel.
Ascelina Klee´s concert engagements reflect the breadth of her repertoire, ranging from J.S. Bach and G.F. Händel to W.A. Mozart and F. Mendelssohn- Bartholdy, as well as including rarely performed works by Zsolt Gárdonyi and A.M. Brunckhorst. She regularly appears as a soloist at the main churches in Hamburg. Among the highlights were the German first performance of the Requiem Ebraico (E.Zeisl) with the Hamburger Camerata at St. Petri (2018/19) as well as the Oratorio de Noël (C.Saint- Saëns) and the Christmas Oratorio I (J.S.Bach) at St. Michaelis (2018) with an audience of 2,500.
Her passion for Song Repertoire is not only demonstrated in her regular and more traditional recitals, but also in new formats which connect song and theatre. This led to projects such as Fillu, a dramatised Liederabend in a cooperation with Green Opera (2019/20).
Ascelina Klee has been awarded scholarships by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the Royal Academy of Music, the „Konrad- Adenauer- Stiftung“, the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now e.V. Hamburg and is supported by the Josephine Baker Trust. Furthermore, she is a prize winner of the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg (2020) and cultural award holder of the region Hoexter in Germany.
„The soloist, Ascelina Klee, convinced with the appropriate, unpretentious simplicity of her presentation and placed sensitively-chosen accents.“
„Klee portrayed the naïve, passionate, and faded love with great dynamics and musical sensitivity.“
„Ascelina Klee sang the plain work „God, my shepherd, protect me“, taken from Psalm 23, with great intimacy.“