"...outstanding performance"
The Independent
"...a first-class actress with a rich soprano and superb projection"
Bachtrack
"...beautifully nuanced..."
Musical Criticism
"...Claire Wild's juicy Zerlina..."
The Times
"...Claire Wild sang gloriously..."
Opera-Britannia

Biography

Claire Wild attended the Royal Northern College of Music, sponsored by the Peter Moores Foundation and the Musicians Benevolent Fund. She has won several awards including the Webster Booth Award‚ the James Oncken Song Prize and the Frost Brownson Award.

Future performances include Emma in Khorvanchina (Welsh National Opera) and Caridad in The Skating Rink  (Garsington). Claire’s recent performances include Lilli Vanessi/Kate Kiss Me Kate, Elle La Voix humaine, and cover Susanna Figaro Gets a Divorce all for  Welsh National Opera.  La Voix humaine (Aldeburgh Festival); Fiordiligi Cosi Fan Tutte (Baseless Fabric); Ayeesha Paws and Padlocks (Blackheath Opera); Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (Regents Opera); the Frog in How the Whale Became, a new opera by Julian Phillips; Pamina and Second Lady in Maths and Mozart (Royal Opera House, Linbury Studio); a new opera, Anon by Errollyn Wallen for Welsh National Opera, and the role of Petra in Steven Sondheim’s A little Night Music (Opera Project);  Zerlina from Don Giovanni (Opera North & Opera Holland Park); Frasquita from Carmen (Opera North); Alyeya from The House of the Dead; Gretel from Hansel and Gretel (Opera North); the Pussycat in The Owl and the Pussycat, a new opera by Anne Dudley and Terry Jones for the Royal Opera House as part of the London 2012 Olympics; the Girlfriend in Dart’s Love, a new opera by Kerry Andrew (Tête à Tête); Girl 2 in Yes!, a new opera by Errollyn Wallen (Royal Opera House); the Cricket in Richard Ayres’ The Cricket Recovers (Almeida Theatre and Aldeburgh Festival); Cynthia in Playing Away (Bregenz Festival); Potboy & Child Prodigy in Janáček’s The Excursions of Mr Brouček, (Opera North & Scottish Opera), and Quin in Knight Crew (Glyndebourne).

Other roles include Emmie in Albert Herring (Opera North); the title role in L’enfant et les Sortilèges (Opera North); Papagena in The Magic Flute (Opera North);  Esmeralda in Smetena’s The Bartered Bride (Opera North); Despina in Cosi fan Tutti (Opera North); Gretel in Hansel and Gretel (Opera North and Scottish Opera); the Herald in The Minotaur (Scottish Opera); Martine in Babette’s Feast (Royal Opera House); Leona in La Belle Hélène (English National Opera); Nausikaa in Edward Rushton’s Birds‚ Barks and Bones; the Bird in Judith Weir’s Blonde Eckbert (The Opera Group); Walter in La Wally (Chelsea Opera Group); Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro (Theater Bielefeld); Papagena in Die Zauberflöte (Komische Oper); Priestess in Iphigenie en Tauride (Royal Opera House); Frasquita in Carmen (Royal Albert Hall/Raymond Gubbay); the title role in Die Grille in the German premiere of The Cricket Recovers (Junge Oper Staatstheater Stuttgart), and Lucio Cinna in Lucio Silla (Bielefeld Philharmonic).

Solo concert repertoire includes Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah‚ Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor. With the Northern Sinfonia she has performed as the soprano soloist in Dallapicolla’s Commiato and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella. Claire has also performed as a soloist in numerous concerts, Christmas and New Year Galas for Opera North Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Messiah)‚ Janáček Philharmonic (Richard Ayres’ No 30  at the Ostrava New Music Festival), and Raymond Gubbay (Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Concert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Usher Hall Edinburgh, Leeds Town Hall, Huddersfield Town Hall). Claire was the singer in a live performance to the film 1395 Days Without Red (Festival d’Automne‚ Centre Pompidou‚ Paris) singing music by Ari Benjamin Meyers. She also appeared and sang Mozart’s Ach, ich fühls in Channel Four’s production of Twelfth Night, directed by Tim Supple.

Claire’s recordings include the role of Fatima in Mercadante’s Zaira for Opera Rara.

Gallery

Repertoire

Composer Role Opera/Concert
Andrew The Girlfriend Dart’s Love
Ayre The Cricket Recovers Cricket
Birtwhistle Herald The Minotaur
Bizet Frasquita
Micheala
Carmen
Britten Emmie Albert Herring
Browne Martine Babette’s Feast
Catalini Walter La Wally
Dallapicola Soprano soloist Commiato
Dudley The Pussycat The Owl and the Pussycat
Gluck Priestess Iphiginie en Tauride
Handel Cupid
Soprano soloist
Semele
Messiah
Humperdinck Dew Fairy
Sand Man
Gretel
Hansel und Gretel
Janáček Alyeya
Potboy/Child Prodigy
Malinka/Kunka/Etherea
From the House of the Dead
The Adventures of Mr Brouček
The Adventures of Mr Brouček
Mason Cynthia Playing Away
Mendelssohn Soprano soloist Elijah
Mozart Despina
Papagena
Pamina
Zerlina
Cherubino
Susanna
Lucio Silla
Così fan tutte
Die Zauberflöte
Die Zauberflöte
Don Giovanni
Le Nozze di Figaro
Le Nozze di Figaro
Lucio Silla
Offenbach Leona La belle Hélène
Orff Soprano soloist Carmina Burana
Philips Frog
Quin
How the Whale Became
Knight Crew
Ravel L’enfant L’enfant et les sortilèges
Rushton Nausikaa Birds, Barks and Bones
Smetana Esmerelda The Bartered Bride
Sondheim Petra A Little Night Music
Wagner Waldvögel Siegfried
Wallen Teacher
Girl 2
Yes!
Anon
Weir Blonde Eckbert The Bird

Reviews

…award winning soprano Claire Wild to give a stunning performance as Lilli Vanessi and Katherine.  She handled the dual role superbly, first as superstar Lilli preparing for a company’s Baltimore staging of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew while clashing with leading man Fred Graham on the first anniversary of their divorce… Then Claire was particularly convincing playing the fiery Kate whose father is desperate to get her of his hands and married …’

Kiss Me Kate, Welsh National Opera (November 2016)

Paul Marston for Behind the arras (November 2016)

‘…soprano Claire Wild stepped into the role as if born to play it. She was sassy, headstrong, had a nice line in anger, mixed with a bit of hysteria and a voice to die for, whether spitting the words out in I hate men or caressing them in the bittersweet So in love.’

Kiss Me Kate, Welsh National Opera

Roger Clarke for Behind the arras (November 2016)

‘So in love’ was sung with fine feeling and sensitive phrasing while the deliciously puffed-up ‘I hate men’ was a feast of feisty fury.’

Kiss Me Kate, Welsh National Opera

Claire Seymour for Opera today (November 2016)

Le Nozze di Figaro, Regents Opera
Charlotte Valori for Bachtrack (June 2015)

‘Claire Wild steals the show as a spirited and sassy Susanna, a first-class actress with a rich soprano and superb projection, crisply convincing at all times with her beautifully enunciated Italian. Wild’s performance is full of keenly observed detail, never flagging or switching off on stage. The vaulted, pillared interior of St Cyprians’s has a generous acoustic, which Wild exploits sensitively. In a strong and sustained performance, Susanna’s duet with the Countess, “Sull’aria…che soave zeffiretto” is a moment of sheer beauty, while her “Deh vieni non tardar” is sensuous and teasing’

Dart’s Love‚ Tête à Tête Opera Festival
London Theatre Reviews (August 2013)

‘…his Girlfriend (marvelously performed and sung by Claire Wild)’

Dart’s Love‚ Tête à Tête Opera Festival
One Stop Arts.com (August 2013)

‘Girlfriend (brilliantly played by Claire Wild)’

Don Giovanni‚ Opera North
Opera (January 2013)

‘Claire Wild’s peppy Zerlina’

Don Giovanni‚ Opera North
ChronicleLive (November 2012)

‘The devil may get all the best tunes‚ but it is the girls who are the real powerhouses‚ musically…Claire Wild is a sassy‚ saucy Zerlina’

Don Giovanni‚ Opera North
Whats on Stage.com (November 2012)

‘…deserved applause for Claire Wild’s energetic performance as keen to please‚ newly-wed‚ Zerlina’

Further  reviews…

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News

Performances

9th July 2015 9:56 pm

July 2018

The Skating Rink (Caridad)

A new opera by David Sawer

Garsington

https://www.garsingtonopera.org/performance/skating-rink

September/October 2017

Khorvanschina (Emma)

Welsh National Opera

https://www.wmc.org.uk/Productions/2017-2018/WNO/Khovanshchina/

July 2017

Cosi Fan Tutte (Fiordiligi)

Baseless Fabric

Home

 

The Merchant of Venice

Cover ‘Boy’

Welsh National Opera/Royal Opera House

June 2017

La Voix Humaine (Elle)

Aldeburgh Festival 2017: Week 1

April 2017

Paws and Padlocks

Role of ‘Ayeesha’

December 2016

Mozart’s Mass in C minor

Repton School

 

November 2016

Kiss Me Kate

Role of Lilli Vanessi/Kate

Welsh National Opera

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Birmingham Hippodrome.

 

November 21st 2015

Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle

CBSO centre, Berkley Street, Birmingham, B1 2LF
Birmingham Bach Choir.
7.30 PM

http://www.birmingham.bachchoir.com/concerts/2015-petite_messe_solennelle.htm

 

November 22nd 2015
They Came Back By Martin Ward.

Role of ‘Eva’

Flourish Composers Competition by Opera Up Close

Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1

http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/event/42710902-opera-up-close-2015-flourish-finalist-showcase-at-kings-place

February/March/April 2016
Figaro gets a Divorce
Cover ‘Susanna’

https://www.wno.org.uk/divorce

June 2016
La Voix Hunaine (Elle)
Performances June 7th, 8th, 9th in Cardiff