Canadian soprano Layla Claire begins the 2022/2023 season as ‘Jeanne Boitel’ in the world premiere of La Beauté du Monde by Julien Bilodeau at Opéra de Montréal. Known primarily in her early career as a Mozart and Handel soprano, she has developed in the direction of jugendlich dramatischer soprano. She will soon star in another world premiere at Hamburg Staatsoper as ‘Venere’ in Salvatore Sciarrino’s Venere e Adone.
Highlights of past seasons include ‘Donna Elvira’ (Don Giovanni) at the Salzburg Festspiele, Zurich Opera and Staatsoper Munich, ‘Donna Anna’ (Don Giovanni) at Glyndebourne, ‘Alcina’ with the Staatsoper Hamburg and Karlsruhe Handel Festival, ‘Sandrina’ (La Finta Giardiniera) and ‘Helena’ (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.
Layla Claire was a member of the Lindemann Young Artist’s Program at the Metropolitan Opera making her debut there as ‘Tebaldo’ (Don Carlo) under Yannick Nezet-Seguin. She has since returned to the Met stage in several guest appearances including the creation of the role of ‘Helena’ in the Baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island under William Christie (available on Erato Classics DVD) and as ‘Anne Trulove’ in The Rake’s Progress with James Levine.
A celebrated concert singer, Layla Claire has made guest appearances with the Boston Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, Hamburg Staatsorchester, the Orchestre de Montréal, Orchestre Metropolitan, Boston Baroque and the Bamberg Symphony. She completed her studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, and The University of Montreal.
“The stand-out vocal presence was Layla Claire… a rich dramatic soprano oozing with class and possibility.”
“Claire fielding some glorious tones in her upper register that drew bravos from the opening night crowd.”