Born in South Shields, Claire began her career at Scottish Opera. She was nominated for the Maria Callas Award after her USA debut at Dallas Opera. She has a firm relationship with Grange Park Opera, for whom she has sung Elvira I Puritani, Norma, Minnie Fanciulla del West, Butterfly, Tosca, Traviata and Sieglinde Walküre. She has sung major roles with Opera Australia, Opera Flanders, Finnish National Opera, Opéra de Bordeaux, Opéra de Montpellier, Opéra de Rennes, Opéra National du Rhin, Norwegian Opera, Theater Basel, Florida Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera and Santa Fe Opera. Her Lucrezia Borgia at ENO was the first opera to be broadcast by Sky Arts. Recent engagements include Vanessa (Wexford Festival), Gioconda (Malmö), Tosca (Icelandic Opera and Welsh National Opera) and Turandot (Scottish Opera). Her recording of The Kingdom with the Hallé won a Gramophone Award.