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Grammy® Award winning soprano Laura Claycomb has firmly established herself as one of the finest operatic coloratura sopranos of her generation, best known for her ethereal high notes, impeccable musicianship, and dramatic stage presence. Ms. Claycomb has appeared repeatedly with the Paris Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Théâtre de la Monnaie, the London Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Le Concert d’Astrée, and the Cleveland Orchestra. Further career highlights range from engagements at the Salzburg Festival and the Lucerne Festival, to the BBC Proms and the title role of Linda di Chamounix at Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
In the 2013-2014 season Ms. Claycomb made her Glyndebourne debut as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with music director Vladimir Jurowsky conducting, which was released on DVD/BlueRay. Additionally, she sang her first Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte and Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor with the Bregenz Festival, reprised her Adele in Die Fledermaus at Houston Grand Opera, returned to the Israeli Philharmonic for Carmina Burana and to the San Francisco Symphony for Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, debuted the role of the Czarina of Shemakha in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel with Bergen Opera, and returned to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Swedish Radio Orchestra in Lutoslawski’s Chantefleurs et Chantefables.
The 2014-2015 season saw her as Amina in La sonnambula at the Bolshoi Theater, concert engagements with the Oregon Symphony and Palermo Opera for Carmina Burana, Mercury Baroque in a performance with David Daniels, as Lucia di Lammermoor with New Orleans Opera, Cunegonde in Candide with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Maestra Speranza Scapucci, likewise in Florence.
2015/16 sees Laura as Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Bergen National Opera, as Ophélie in a concert version of Hamlet in Moscow, as well as Strauss’ Brentano Lieder with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson-Thomas, the title role in the world premiere of Lori Laitman’s The Scarlet Letter and galas in Israel.
2016/17 finds Laura in Beijing, China as Tytania, in Geneva as Malwina in Marschner’s Der Vampyr, as Lucia di Lammermoor in Tel Aviv, as Millicent Jordan in the world premiere of William Bolcolm’s Dinner at Eight at Minnesota Opera, and as the soprano soloist in Verdi’s Ninth Symphony in Seville.
Ms. Claycomb began her career as an Adler Fellow at San Francisco Opera, where she performed over a dozen roles including Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Marie in La fille du régiment. She first captured international attention at the age of 24, when she assumed the role of Giulietta in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. She has since sung Giulietta with the Bastille Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Pittsburgh Opera and the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchester in Munich. Since her meteoric rise to prominence, Ms. Claycomb has proven herself to be an exceptionally versatile soprano, performing more than 75 roles in dozens of works by composers from Monteverdi to Messiaen.
In recent years, Ms. Claycomb performed her signature roles of Gilda in Rigoletto with Dallas Opera (earning her the Dallas Opera’s Maria Callas Debut Artist Award) and Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with the Houston Grand Opera, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and with Sebastian Weigle at the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden, the title role in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor with Pittsburgh Opera and in Tel Aviv with Daniel Oren conducting, Romilda in Handel’s Serse with Houston Grand Opera, the heroines in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann in Moscow, and Anne Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress in Lyon, Brussels, and the Opéra National de Paris.
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