“Behind Claudia Huckle's compelling Lucretia one really can sense the distant presence of Kathleen Ferrier, the great contralto for whom this role was written; Huckle's performance is finely judged, with its climax all the more thought-provoking for being understated - this Lucretia's post-rape 'shame' is existential.”
British contralto Claudia Huckle studied at the Royal College of Music, London, the New England Conservatory and the Curtis Institute of Music. She was the 2004 Grand Final Winner of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and is a graduate of the prestigious Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera. Claudia is the 2013 winner of the Birgit Nilsson Remembrance Award at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition at Verona – the first female, and first British recipient. She was a member of the ensemble at Leipzig Opera for four seasons from 2009.
Recent and future highlights include:
- Erda Der Ring des Nibelungen – Leipzig Oper; Opera North
- Third Lady Die Zauberflote; Mérope Oedipe; First Norn Gotterdammerung; Schwertleite Die Walkure – ROH
- Elgar Sea Pictures and The Dream of Gerontius – Sir Mark Elder – Hallé Orchestra
- Mahler Symphony No.3 – Paul Daniel – Real Filharmonía de Galicia
- Mahler Symphony No.2 – Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and Hallé Orchestra
- Hippolyta A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Suzuki Madama Butterfly; Lucretia The Rape of Lucretia – Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera
Plans this season and beyond include Olga Eugene Onegin for Welsh National Opera; Erda Das Rheingold / Siegfried for Leipzig Opera; and a return to the Royal Opera to sing First Norn Götterdämmerung and Schwertleite Die Walküre in their 2018 Wagner Ring Cycle. Concert plans include Dream of Gerontius and Mahler Symphony No 2 with Hallé Orchestra; Verdi Requiem in King’s College Cambridge with Jac van Steen; and Bach St Matthew Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Mark Padmore.
Opera roles include Erda Das Rheingold / Siegfried for Opera North; the title role in Britten The Rape of Lucretia and Suzuki Madama Butterfly for Glyndebourne on Tour; Hippolyta in Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Marfa in Mussorgsky Khovanshchina for Birmingham Opera Company; Hänsel for Garsington Opera; Smeton in Donizetti Anna Bolena for Washington National Opera; Mérope Oedipe with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden where she also appeared as Third Lady Zauberflöte, a role she has sung at the Festival d’Aix en Provence and for Dresden Semperoper; Olga, Hänsel, Third Lady for Leipzig Opera; and Dalila in Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila for the Chelsea Opera Group. In concert, she has sung Schwertleite Die Walküre with Sir Andrew Davis for the Edinburgh International Festival; Anna in Berlioz Les Troyens with Valery Gergiev and Maxwell Davies Hogboon under Sir Simon Rattle, both with the LSO, Second Maid Elektra with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Past concerts include Mahler Symphony No 2 with the Malaysian Philharmonic and the Boston Philharmonic orchestras; Schubert Mass in A flat and Beethoven Choral Fantasy with Kent Nagano and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester; Elgar Sea Pictures with Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder; De Falla El amor brujo with Britten Sinfonia; Mahler Symphony No 3 with Real Filharmonía de Galicia and in King’s College Cambridge, both with Paul Daniel; Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Kindertotenlieder on tour in Spain and Rückert Lieder with the Britten Sinfonia and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Missa Solemnis with Sir Roger Norrington at King’s College, Cambridge and Mary Magdalene in Elgar The Apostles at the Three Choirs Festival
Claudia has also sung Messiah with the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, the San Francisco Symphony, Academy of Ancient Music, Huddersfield Choral Society, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Orquesta Sinfónica di Navarro; Zelenka I Penitenti a Sepolcro del Redentore with the Freiburger Barockorchester and Bach St John Passion with the Ulster Orchestra.