Layla Claire sopran från Kanada
Canadian soprano Layla Claire has been celebrated as a unique artist with a voice of special color and expressivity. She has been hailed in the operas of Mozart in both the Americas and Europe as well as for her prowess in recital and in concert with the world’s leading orchestras.
Her 2014/15 season opens with her debut with Opernhaus Zürich in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (Gouvernante). In another company debut, She then takes on the role of Blanche de la Force in Poulenc’s tragic opera Les Dialogues des Carmelites with the Washington National Opera. A definite highlight of Ms. Claire season will be her return to the Metropolitan Opera under maestro James Levine as Anne Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rakes Progress. In concert, Layla will appear with L’Orchestre Métropolitain under maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Dvorak’s Stabat Mater.
Ms. Claire just completed a triumphant run at the Glyndebourne Festival as Donna Anna. Other highlights of her 2013/14 season included debuts with Pittsburgh and Minnesota Operas (Pamina in Die Zauberflöte), as well as her debut with the Canadian Opera Company in a new production by Atom Egoyan (Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte).
A 2012 graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program, Layla Claire scored her first European triumph in a new Vincent Boussard production of Mozart’s early La Finta Giardiniera at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. This production was telecast throughout Europe. The music of Mozart is the centerpiece of Layla Claire’s repertoire. She has sung Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte under the baton of James Levine at the Tanglewood Festival. At Curtis Opera Theater, she sang Donna Elvira and Susanna with Palm Beach Opera (for which she was hailed as “the quintessential Susanna”). In 2010, she appeared with the Académie d’Aix-en-Provence where she was awarded the Prix des amis d’Aix-en-Provence for best Mozart performance. Layla is also an alumni of Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute.
While a member of the Lindemann Program, Layla Claire created the role of Helena in the Met’s star-studded Baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island conducted by William Christie (now available on Virgin Classics DVD). She performed Giannetta in L’Elisir d’amore there opposite Juan Diego Florez and Diana Damrau. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Tebaldo in Nicholas Hytner’s new production of Verdi’s Don Carlo conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and repeated the role under the baton of Fabio Luisi on the Met’s tour of Japan in the spring of 2011. She also sang Marenka in The Bartered Bride in a Stephen Wadsworth production conducted by Levine at the Juilliard School. Of this production, the Associated Press wrote, “With big, expressive eyes, her long red hair commanding attention, she displayed an exciting, bright tone and shimmering piano notes… thrilling”.
Layla Claire is a regular soloist with the world’s leading orchestras. She has a particularly close relationship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. With them she has performed Mahler’s Second Symphony under both James Levine and Michael Tilson Thomas, the latter at the Tanglewood Festival. She also sang Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream under Bernard Haitink there. Other symphonic work has included a New Year’s Eve concert with the San Francisco Symphony and appearances with the Dallas Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Charlotte Symphony and Calgary Philharmonic. She has appeared at leading summer festivals performing Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Symphony No. 9 under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the Festival de Lanaudière, Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center under Louis Langrée and Dvorak’s Requiem and Haydn’s Seasons at the Grant Park Music Festival under Carlos Kalmar. Of the Dvorak, Chicago Classical Review noted, of her August 2010 performances of Dvořák’s Requiem at The Grant Park Music Festival, “she possesses a rich, luminous instrument and her sensitive, expressive singing consistently illuminated the text, with supremely affecting vocalism.”
In recital, Layla Claire has appeared at Weill Hall/Carnegie Hall, Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and as a featured artist in the Metropolitan Opera’s Summer Recital Series. Most recently, she appeared in recital with mezzo soprano Susan Graham at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2014). In 2010 Layla Claire became the first recipient of The Hildegard Behrens Foundation Award. In 2008 she received the Mozart Prize at the Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition and was a Queen Elisabeth Competition Laureate. She is also a CBC Radio-Canada Jeunes Artistes recital winner, a recipient of J. Desmarais Foundation Bursaries, and a proud recipient of a Canada Council Grant and the 2013 Virginia Parker Prize winner. She has taken prizes at the Palm Beach Opera Competition, The George London Foundation Competition, and the Marian Anderson Prize for Emerging Classical Artists competition. She was recently featured in two documentaries: the BBC’s “What Makes A Great Soprano?” hosted by Dame Kiri te Kanawa and the PBS American Masters special “James Levine: America’s Maestro.” Originally from Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, Ms. Claire studied voice at l’Université de Montréal before attending the Curtis Institute of Music.
Compiled/Sammanställt av Mogens H Andersson