Claire Booth is grateful to Grange Park Opera for providing a route to paid employment at this most stressful time, both for artists and the industry at large.
Claire gained a double first in Modern History from Oxford before studying music at GSMD and the National Opera Studio. She has given over 40 world premieres by such luminaries as Birtwistle, Benjamin, Elliot Carter and Oliver Knussen.
Operatic highlights include Berenice (Covent Garden), title role Cunning Little Vixen (Garsington Opera), Nora Riders to the Sea (ENO), Mrs Foran in Turnage’s Silver Tassie, Elle Voix Humaine, Elcia Mose in Egitto, Rosina Barbiere di Siviglia (Welsh National Opera), Max Where the Wild Things Are (Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic).
On the concert platform she has appeared with BBC Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Aldeburgh and Holland Festivals, Tokyo Philharmonic, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – most recently when Claire flew to Hamburg’s Elbe Philharmonie at an hour’s notice to sing and record Tippett‘s Child of our Time with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.
Her cancelled work in the 2020 Covid crisis includes Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh, West Cork and Oxford Lieder Festivals, performances of Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine (Bath Festival) and the debut of her solo show around Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben in which she both plays and sings.
With regular accompanist Christopher Glynn, she is preparing a recording of Mussorgsky songs following two critically-acclaimed releases of music by Percy Grainger and Edvard Grieg.