Claire Booth

Claire Booth


Representation: General Management

British soprano Claire Booth has become internationally renowned both for her commitment to an extraordinary breadth of repertoire, and for the vitality and musicianship that she brings to the operatic stage and concert platform. In the 2015-16 season alone her diverse schedule has included Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine for WNO in conjunction with Cardiff’s Festival of The Voice, La Comtesse in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory with the Chelsea Opera Group, Haas’ Atthis in her latest collaboration with Netia Jones at the Royal Opera House, Luigi Rossi’s Oratorio per la Settimana Santa with Christian Curnyn, works by Wigglesworth and Knussen with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Rosina in Welsh National Opera’s new production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Ravel chamber works with the Nash Ensemble at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Other operatic highlights include Elcia in Rossini’s Mose in Egitto and Pakati in Jonathan Harvey’s Wagner Dream (Welsh National Opera), the title role in Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen (Garsington Opera), which met with widespread critical acclaim, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Dorinda in Handel’s Orlando (Scottish Opera) and Nora in Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea (English National Opera).

Her numerous concert appearances have resulted in close associations with the BBCSO and Proms, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble InterContemporain, the Aldeburgh and Holland Festivals and other recent debut appearances with the Berlin Deutsche Symphonie, Boston Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra. For more than a decade she has collaborated with video director Netia Jones to produce a series of critically acclaimed productions. These include her performances of Kurtag’s Kafka Fragments (ROH), Max in Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are and Rhoda in Higglety, Pigglety, Pop, which toured from the Aldeburgh Festival, via The Los Angeles Philharmonic and a further debut under Gustavo Dudamel, to the Barbican’s own 60th birthday celebrations for the composer.

Claire’s most recent CD release features diverse works by Ryan Wigglesworth and the Hallé Orchestra, including his Augenlieder of which she sang the world premiere. Others recordings include Lucia in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia (EMI), Jonathan Harvey’s Wagner Dream, John Eccles’ The Judgement of Paris and works by Oliver Knussen, Jonathan Dove and Charlotte Bray.

Upcoming highlights include concerts in Tokyo and Stockholm, a return to the Wigmore Hall with the Nash Ensemble to perform works by Berg and Schonberg, concert performances with the Early Opera Company at Spitalfields Festival and Wigmore Hall and a further return to the Aldeburgh Festival with the BCMG and Oliver Knussen.  Her debut solo disc of Grainger folk music, with pianist Christopher Glynn is set for release in Spring 2017 through the Avie Label.

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Wales Theatre Awards Shortlist

February 16th, 2017

Two Hazard Chase sopranos shortlisted for the 2017 awards

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‘Serse’ at St John’s Smith Square

November 18th, 2016

Critically acclaimed production features several Hazard Chase singers

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Hazard Chase welcomes soprano Claire Booth

July 12th, 2016

Recent highlights include a series of Rossini roles and Poulenc’s ‘La Voix Humaine’

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Rossini LE COMTE ORY – Chelsea Opera Group

“[Claire Booth] despatched Rossini’s fiendishly difficult vocal parts with panache and elegance…  Her coloratura was agile and precise.”
Claire Seymour, Opera Magazine (Sept 2016)

Poulenc LA VOIX HUMAINE Elle – Welsh National Opera at Beachcliffe Apartments, June 2016

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Discography & Repertoire

Ryan Wigglesworth ECHO AND NARCISSUS

Hallé Orchestra / Ryan Wigglesworth; Claire Booth, Pamela Helen Stephen, Mark Padmore, Barnabás Kelemen



Aldeburgh World Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Sir Mark Elder, Oliver Knussen; Claire Booth, Lucy Schaufer, Alexandra Wood, Huw Watkins, Andrew Matthews-Owen (piano)



Claire Booth, Nicky Spence, Patricia Bardon, Andrew Matthews-Owen (piano)


Artist Manager

Sue Nicholls (Cambridge)
01223 706023

Assistant Artist Manager

Caroline Slade (Cambridge)
01223 706414