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Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Claire Lees Soprano

Recipient of Independent Opera Voice Scholarship 2017 & Voice Fellowship 2018

Claire Lees, soprano, studies with Yvonne Kenny at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama on the Opera Course. She is a Concordia Artist and is supported by The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, The Kathleen Trust and is a recipient of an Independent Opera Voice Scholarship & Fellowship. Claire is a 2017/2018 Samling Scholar.

Notable operatic roles include Pamina The Magic Flute (Iford Arts), Yum Yum The Mikado (National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company), Papagena Die Zauberflöte (Crescent Theatre, Birmingham), Drusilla L’incoronazione di Poppea (Crescent Theatre, Birmingham). As part of scene performances, roles include Gretel  Hansel und Gretel, Hero Beatrice et Bénédict, Manon Manon, Romilda Serses, Sophie Der Rosenkavalier, Baby The Ballad of Baby Doe, Zerlina Don Giovanni, and Lisette La Rondine.

As a soloist, Claire has performed at the Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Hall, St James’ Piccadilly, St Martin-in-the-Fields and Peterborough Cathedral.  

Claire has performed in masterclasses with Brian Zeger, Graham Johnson, Susan Bullock (GSMD) and Sarah Walker (London Song Festival). She was a finalist in the 2014 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards at the Wigmore Hall and in the International Lied Duo Competition in Enschede, winning the Vrienden van het Lied Prize. Claire and her duo partner, Lies Braakman, are members of the Vrienden van het Lied Society, performing recitals across The Netherlands.

​Claire has worked with Iain Burnside on his Drums and Guns project in collaboration with the Juilliard School and Royal Irish Academy of Music, performing at the Lir Theatre, Dublin, at the Milton Court Theatre, London and at the Juilliard School, New York.

Upcoming performances include ‘Soeur Constance’ in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She joins the Samling Artists Programme; masterclasses with Joan Rodgers CBE, Claudio Desderi and James Baillieu, culminating in a concert at the Sage, Gateshead in 2018. She will also be joining the Glyndebourne Chorus for their 2018 festival.

This biography was published in October 2017.