Award-winning Welsh soprano Claire Watkins is a former Head Chorister of St David’s Cathedral Choir and graduated in 2007 with a DipRAM from the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Beatrice Unsworth and Audrey Hyland. She has a BMus (Hons) from Cardiff University and a PGDip (Distinction) from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Throughout her studies Claire was generously supported by the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Kohn Foundation. She participated in the Georg Solti ‘Academmia di Bel Canto’ alongside Leo
Nucci and is a 2009 Samling Scholar. Earlier this year she participated in a series of masterclasses and concerts with Sir Thomas Allen, Malcolm Martineau and Yvonne Kenny at The Sage, Gateshead for the Samling Foundation.
Equally at home on the concert platform and the operatic stage, Claire has performed with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at St David’s Hall and appeared at the Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-fields and the Royal Albert Hall. Operatic roles include Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Lauretta Gianni Schicci, Venus Dardanus and Amelia Simon Boccanegra in Valladolid. In the last six months Claire has covered several roles including the title role in Massenet’s Manon for Scottish Opera, Bronwyn Jones in Carbon 12 for Welsh National Opera and is currently covering the role of Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore for Scottish Opera.
Future plans include Constance in The Sorcerer for Opera della Luna, Beethoven Mass in C with Brian Kay and Monteclair’s soprano cantata Pan et Sirinx with Laurence Cummings and The English Concert at the Handel House Museum.
In 2010 Claire will make her house debut by covering the role of Leila in The Pearl Fishers for English National Opera.
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