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 2017-18 season alone her diverse schedule has included Berg’s Wozzeck Fragments with Simone Young and the BBC Philharmonic, a revival of her award-winning portrayal of Poulenc’s heroine in La Voix Humaine for WNO, A jazz-inspired reinterpretation of Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben with the Prince Consort and Jason Rebello, works by Wigglesworth and Knussen with the Orquestra Sinfonica in Porto and a tour of Britten’s Les Illuminations with the BBCSSO.

Other operatic highlights include the title role in Handel’s Berenice for the Royal Opera, Rossini heroines Rosina in Il Barbiere is Siviglia, Elcia in Mose in Egitto and Pakati in Jonathan Harvey’s Wagner a 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 (for ROH) 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.

Her most recent CD release for Avie Records of music by Percy Grainger with longstanding accompanist Christopher Glynn was hailed as a BBC Radio 3 disc of 2017. Others include diverse works by Ryan Wigglesworth and the Hallé Orchestra, including his ‘Augenlieder’ of which she sang the world première, 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 works by Oliver Knussen, Jonathan Dove and Charlotte Bray.

Apart from her return to the BBC Philharmonic, the season ahead also sees Claire at the Barbican as Mrs. Foran in Turnage’s The Silver Tassie with the BBCSO, the role of Nitocris in Handel’s Belshazzar for the Grange Festival, further performances at the Aldeburgh Festival and BCMG to perform music by Oliver Knussen, a tour of Ireland with cellist Natalie Clein and pianist Julius Drake and a return to the Wigmore Hall with the Nash Ensemble. Future CD releases include Grieg songs for Avie, and music by Debussy, Fauré and Jonathan Dove for RTF Classical.  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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