Claudia Celeste Huckle
Mezzo-soprano
New England First Place Winner,2004
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National Council Winner, 2004
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This season Claudia Huckle sings Hippolyta in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Suzuki in a new production of Madama Butterly for Glyndebourne on Tour, debuts with Opera North (UK) as Erda in their 2016 Ring Cycle, and returns to Royal Opera Covent Garden as Mérope in Enescu’s Oedipe. The British contraltoalso sings Handel’s “Messiah” in Bath, Bach’s “St John Passion” with the Ulster Orchestra, and the Second Maid in Elektra with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Boston and New York. In 2014-2015 she made her Covent Garden debut as the Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte and joined the Nantes/Angers Opera as Olga in Eugene Onegin. Claudia also sang “Messiah” with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, and at Royal Albert Hall; Mahler’s Symphony #2 in Kuala Lampur with the Maylasian Philharmonic under Benjamin Zander; Mahler’s “Kindertotenlieder” and “Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen” with the Joven Orquesta Nacional de Espana in Valladolid, Alicante and Madrid; and William Mathias’ Lux Aeterna at the 2015 Three Choirs Festival in Hereford.

 

Claudia studied at the Royal College of Music, the New England Conservatory, and the Curtis Institute of Music. Simultaneously, between 2000 and 2004 she worked as a street musician, singing arias in Florence, Venice, Rome and Covent Garden. The mezzo also attended the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival (2005), was an Apprentice Artist at Santa Fe Opera in 2006-2007, and a member of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera, where her roles included Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Siegrune in Die Walküre, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, Dorabella in Cosìfan tutte, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni in Young Artist performances.

 

Other early roles for Claudia included the Fox in The Little Prince with Boston Lyric Opera, Zerlina with Opéra de Monte-Carlo, the Forester's Wife in The Cunning Little Vixen in her debut with Deutsche Oper Berlin, Olga, and Pitti-Sing in The Mikado with English National Opera, the Third Lady for Dresden Semperoper, and Emilia in Rossini’s Otello with Washington Concert Opera. In 2012 she returned to Washington National Opera as Smeton in Anna Bolena in her official company debut. In July of 2013 Claudia completed four years as a member of the ensemble of Leipzig Opera, where her roles included the Third Lady, Clarice/Linetta in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges, the Voice from Above and a Flower Maiden in Parsifal, Flosshilde in Das Rheingold, Venus in Kurt Weill’s One Touch of Venus, and most recently Olga in Eugene Onegin and Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, a role that she encored in Garsington that summer. Claudia’s 2013-2014 season included the title role in The Rape of Lucretia for Glyndebourne on Tour, Marfa in Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina for Birmingham Opera Company, and Third Lady for the Festival d'Aix en Provence. Concert highlights included Janáček’s “Glagolitic Mass” at the Edinburgh Festival “Messiah” with the San Francisco Symphony, Mahler’s “Rückert Lieder” with the Britten Sinfonia in Spain, Mozart’s “Requiem” with the City of London Sinfonia, and Mary Magdalene in Elgar’s “The Apostles” at the Three Choirs Festival.

 

Claudia Huckle was the first female recipient of the Birgit Nilsson Remembrance Award for German Wagner/Strauss Repertory at the 2013 Operalia World Opera Competition. She has also been the recipient of the Sybil Tutton Award, a prize-winner at both the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition and the Sullivan Foundation Competition, and the Grand Final Winner of the Thelma King Award for Singers.            

 

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