British soprano Claire Booth has become internationally renowned both for her commitment to an extraordinary breadth of repertoire, and for the vitality and musicianship that she brings to the operatic stage and concert platform. In the 2019-20 season alone her diverse schedule has included Benjamin’s A Mind of Winter with The Hong Kong Philharmonic, a streamed 5 star performance of Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine for Grange Park Opera, The title role in Handel’s Berenice for ROH, the critically acclaimed recording of Grieg songs, performances of Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Tippett’s Child of Our Time with the CBSO.

Other operatic highlights include the title role in Handel’s Berenice for the Royal Opera, Nitocris in Handel’s Belshazzar for the Grange Festival, Rossini heroines Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Elcia in Mose in Egitto and Pakati in Jonathan Harvey’s Wagner Dream all for Welsh National Opera, the title role in Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen for Garsington Opera which met with widespread critical acclaim, Romilda in Handel’s Xerse for the Early Opera Company, Rosina and Dorinda in Handel’s Orlando both for Scottish Opera and Nora in Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea for English National Opera.

Her numerous concert appearances have resulted in close associations with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Proms, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble Intecontemporain, the Aldeburgh and Holland Festivals and other recent debut appearances with both the Berlin Deutsche Symphonie, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Norrköping Philharmonic and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

For more than a decade she has collaborated with video director Netia Jones to produce a series of critically acclaimed productions. These include her performances of Kurtag’s Kafka Fragments and Haas’ Atthis, both for The Royal Opera, and also Max in Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are and Rhoda in Higglety, Piggelty, Pop! which toured from the Aldeburgh Festival via The Los Angeles Philharmonic and a further debut under Gustavo Dudamel, to the Barbican’s own 60th birthday celebrations for the composer. Other notable collaborations include her reimagining of Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben with pianist Alistair Hogarth and Jazz legend Jason Rebello.

Her most recent CD release for Avie Records of music by Edvard Grieg with longstanding accompanist Christopher Glynn was hailed as BBC’s Disc of the Month in January 2020, and her recording of French songs with Andrew Matthew’s Owen was listed as CD of the year 2019 for Classical Source. Other recordings include diverse works by Ryan Wigglesworth and the Hallé Orchestra, including his ‘Augenlieder’ of which she sang the world première, An expose of the songs and piano works of Percy Grainger, a live recording of her role as Lucia in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia with Angelika Kirkschlager and Ian Bostridge for EMI, Jonathan Harvey’s Wagner Dream, John Eccles’ The Judgement of Paris and diverse works by Oliver Knussen, Jonathan Dove and Charlotte Bray.

The season ahead sees Claire return to Paris to perform works by Oliver Knussen with the Ensemble Intercontemporain, performances of Benjamin and Stravinsky with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Vivier with the London Sinfonietta. Also two world premieres at the Aldeburgh Festival, A reprise of her performance of La Voix Humaine for the Bath Festival and a return to London’s Wigmore Hall with the Nash Ensemble. She will also give the world premiere of Alex Woolf’s A Feast in the Time of Plague for Grange Park Opera, as it seeks to launch it’s post lockdown program. Future CD releases include Mussorgsky songs and the music of the second Viennese school. Claire also enjoys a burgeoning career as a radio presenter and can be heard on Radio 3’s Inside Music and CD Review programmes.


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