After long international career as an opera singer, which took her to six continents, Cynthia Clarey brings to the world of cabaret decades of life and stage experience. Cabaret audiences are enthralled by her unusual voice, her disarmingly and straight-forward presence, her with and charm, and a brand of elegance all her own.


Cynthia spent the majority of her career as an international opera singer. Her reputation as a consummate singing actress led to roles in opera houses throughout the world. Carmen was a cornerstone of her career, and she performed the title role in Houston, Toronto, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Tokyo, Berlin, Inssbruck, Budapest, and Australia, as well as touring with Peter Brook’s innovative La tragedie de Carmen. Cynthia still may be seen and heard as Serena in Trevor Nunn’s film of Porgy and Bess. Her concert career has included performances with the great symphonies of Chicago, Boston, Houston, Washington DC, New York, London, Berlin, and Jerusalem.

Cynthia is relatively new to the cabaret world, but she loves it, and is so happy to be a part of Chicago Cabaret Professionals. A frequent singer at Monday Night Live at Petterino’s and at Davenport’s Piano Bar, Cynthia has also performed at The Skokie Theater, Victory Gardens, and the Park West with the Chicago Cabaret Professionals. Last year, she performed her solo show, What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? at Davenport’s Cabaret, and will debuted her new show, Bridge Over Muddied Waters, spring 2018.

She was happy to make her Chicago theater debut at Porchlight Theater in The Scottsboro Boys, and she made her directorial debut with Terrence McNally's Master Class at Tri-Cities Opera Company in Binghamton, NY.

Cynthia is also proud to be a part of Acts Of Kindness Cabaret, and organization that performs to raise money for Chicago-area non-profit organizations.



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Cynthia Clarey Bridge Over Muddied Waters at the Laurie Beechman Theater February 2nd, 2023

Cynthia Clarey performs at Davenport's Cabaret.

Cynthia Clarey sings at the Chicago Cabaret Professional's 19th annual Gala at the Park West in Chicago.

Cynthia Clarey sings at the Chicago Cabaret Professionals 2014 Gala

Cynthia Clarey CCP Gala 2019


"It is clear that Cynthia Clarey’s intent in presenting Bridge Over Muddied Waters is to inspire thought and discussion about the disharmony that has become the norm in America. She not only brings her classically trained rich alto chops, she brings generous helpings of heart. She is also a smart enough entertainer to offer an engaging show rather than a diatribe on unkind behaviors."

Carla Gordon in Cabaret Scenes

Cynthia Clarey’s regal presence and individual like-ability are as compelling as her phrasing, investment, and of course message.

Peppered with historical reference, this is a personal show with universal message: the end to bigotry and prejudice.

Alix Cohen from Woman Around Town, NYC

Cynthia Clarey Auspicious NYC Debut at The Laurie Beechman Theatre

Cynthia Clarey begins what is sure to be a fine career in New York Cabaret.

by Stephen Mosher Feb. 08, 2023

Chicago cabaret artist Cynthia Clarey recently made her New York City cabaret debut at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, playing to a room filled with respected industry proficients, which is not something every out-of-towner can easily boast - an impressive feat, indeed. Cynthia Clarey's reputation, clearly, precedes her - and it is a reputation quite well-earned, and well-deserved. Cynthia Clarey is a performer that the New York City cabaret industry is most certain to embrace and welcome, for the lady is wonderful. She is exciting, she is interesting, and she has something (well... some things) to say.

Stephen Mosher for Broadway World Cabaret in NYC



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