Claire Booth

Claire Booth



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 2015-16 season alone her diverse schedule has included Haas’ Atthis in her latest collaboration with Netia Jones in the groundbreaking multi media production at the Royal Opera House, Luigi Rossi’s ‘Oratorio per la Settimana Santa’ with Christian Curnyn, works by Wigglesworth and Knussen with the BBCSSO, Rosina in Welsh National Opera’s new production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Ravel chamber works with the Nash Ensemble at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Other operatic highlights include Elcia in Rossini’s Mose in Egitto, Elle in Poulenc’s Voix Humaine 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, Rosina in The Barber of Seville 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 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 is one of diverse works by Ryan Wigglesworth and the Hallé Orchestra, including his ‘Augenlieder’ of which she sang the world première. Others include 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 WNO as Rosina, the season ahead also sees Rossini in the form of La Comtesse in ‘Le Comte Ory’ for Chelsea Opera Group at Cadogan Hall, more coloratura as Romilda in ‘Xerse’ for the Early Opera Company, concerts in Tokyo and Stockholm, a return to the Wigmore Hall with the Nash Ensemble to perform works by Berg and Schonberg, concerts in Katowice with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and concert performances with Christian Curnyn at Spitalfields Festival and Wigmore Hall.

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