Contralto Claudia Huckle returns to Covent Garden this month singing first Norn Götterdämmerung and Schwertleite Die Walküre in their 2018 Wagner Ring Cycle. She appears alongside Karen Cargill who sings Waltaute...MORE
BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Tadaaki Otaka, live concert. By kind permission of BBC Radio 3. December 2017
Britten Sinfonia & Mahan Esfahani, live from Milton Court. By kind permission of BBC Radio 3, 2017
Boston Symphony Orchestra and Benjamin Zander. April 2017. By kind permission.
“... the lustrously youthful Claudia Huckle, whose sublime Erbarme dich with Matthew Truscott’s eloquent violin obbligato was the emotional climax of the piece”
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.
- Die allwissende Muschel in Strauss Die Ägyptische Helena – Teatro alla Scala Milan
- Erda Der Ring des Nibelungen – Leipzig Oper; Opera North; Grand Théâtre de Genève
- First Norn Götterdämmerung; Merope Oedipe; Schwertleite Die Walküre; Third Lady Die Zauberflöte – Royal Opera, Covent Garden
- Mahler Symphony No.2 – Myung-whun Chung – Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Festival de Saint-Denis
- 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 her début at Teatro alla Scala Milan singing Die allwissende Muschel in Strauss Die Ägyptische Helena, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, and her début at Opéra National de Paris, singing Flosshilde in the Ring Cycle. She will sing Wagner in concert at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival (Flosshilde Götterdämmerung, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis) and with the LPO (Schwertleite Die Walküre, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski). Other concert plans include Handel Messiah with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Trevor Pinnock; Mahler Kindertotenlieder with the BBCSSO and Michael Sanderling; Mendelssohn Elijah with the BBCSO and Sakari Oramo; Mahler Symphony No 8 on tour with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and Daniel Harding; Bach St Matthew Passion with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Antonio Pappano; and Beethoven Symphony No 9 with the Orchestra of La Scala Milan under Riccardo Chailly. She will appear in recital with pianist Simon Lepper at Nottingham University.
Opera roles include Erda Das Rheingold / Siegfried for Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opera North and Oper Leipzig; Flosshilde Das Rheingold for Teatro Real, Madrid; Suzuki Madam Butterfly for Zurich Opera and Glyndebourne on Tour, for whom she also sang the title role in Britten The Rape of Lucretia; Hippolyta in Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Marfa in Mussorgsky Khovanshchina for Birmingham Opera Company; Mérope Oedipe, First Norn Götterdämmerung and Schwertleite Die Walküre at the Royal Opera House, where she also appeared as Third Lady Zauberflöte, a role she has sung at the Festival d’Aix en Provence and for Dresden Semperoper; Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel for Garsington Opera; Olga, Hänsel, Third Lady for Leipzig Opera; Smeton Anna Bolena for Washington National Opera; and Dalila in Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila for the Chelsea Opera Group. In concert she has also sung Anna in Berlioz Les Troyens with Valery Gergiev and Maxwell Davies’ Hogboon under Sir Simon Rattle, both with the LSO.
Recent concert highlights include Brahms Alto Rhapsody with the Northern Sinfonia and Lars Vogt; Mahler Symphony No 2 at the Festival de Saint-Denis with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Myung-Whun Chung; Schwertleite with the Bayerische Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle; Elgar Dream of Gerontius and Sea Pictures with Hallé Orchestra; and an appearance at the 2018 Proms as a soloist with BBC NOW performing Mahler Symphony No 8.
Other past concerts include Schubert Mass in A flat and Beethoven Choral Fantasy with Kent Nagano and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester; Mahler Symphony No 3 with Real Filharmonía de Galicia and Paul Daniel; Mahler Ruckert Lieder with the Britten Sinfonia and the RSNO; and Missa Solemnis with Sir Roger Norrington at King’s College Cambridge, where she has also sung Verdi Requiem.