CLAIRE BOOTH|Soprano
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British soprano Claire Booth has become internationally renowned both for her commitment to an extraordinary breadth of repertoire, and for the vitality and musicianship that she brings to the operatic stage and concert platform. 

 

Engagements in the season 2020/2021 include Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the World Premiere of Colin Matthews’s Seascapes with the Nash Ensemble at the Aldeburgh Festival, the World Premiere of Mark Anthony Turnage’s Owl Songs at Wigmore Hall, a film of La Voix Humaine for Welsh National Opera together with live performances at the Bath Festival and Claude Vivier’s Lonely Child with London Sinfonietta under the baton of Ilan Volkov.

 

Here most recent engagements include Benjamin’s A Mind of Winter with The Hong Kong Philharmonic, a streamed 5 star performance of Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine for Grange Park Opera, the title role in Handel’s Berenice for ROH, performances of Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Tippett’s Child of Our Time with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

 

Other operatic highlights include Nitocris in Handel’s Belshazzar for the Grange Festival, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Elcia in Mose in Egitto and Pakati in Jonathan Harvey’s Wagner Dream all for Welsh National Opera, the title role in Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen for Garsington Opera, Romilda in Handel’s Xerse for the Early Opera Company, Rosina and Dorinda in Handel’s Orlando both for Scottish Opera and Nora in Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea for English National Opera.

 

Her numerous concert appearances have resulted in close associations with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Proms, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble Intecontemporain, the Aldeburgh and Holland Festivals and other recent debut appearances with both the Berlin Deutsche Symphonie, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Norrköping Philharmonic and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

For more than a decade she has collaborated with video director Netia Jones to produce a series of critically acclaimed productions. These include her performances of Kurtag’s Kafka Fragments and Haas’ Atthis, both for the ROH, and also Max in Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are and Rhoda in Higglety, Piggelty, Pop! which toured from the Aldeburgh Festival via The Los Angeles Philharmonic and a further debut under Gustavo Dudamel, to the Barbican’s own 60th birthday celebrations for the composer. 

 

Her most recent CD release for Avie Records of music by Edvard Grieg with longstanding accompanist Christopher Glynn was hailed as BBC’s Disc of the Month in January 2020, and her recording of French songs with Andrew Matthew’s Owen was listed as CD of the year 2019 for Classical Source. 

 

Other recordings include diverse works by Ryan Wigglesworth and the Hallé Orchestra, including his Augenlieder of which she sang the world première, An expose of the songs and piano works of Percy Grainger, a live recording of her role as Lucia in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia with Angelika Kirkschlager and Ian Bostridge for EMI, Jonathan Harvey’s Wagner Dream, John Eccles’ The Judgement of Paris and diverse works by Oliver Knussen, Jonathan Dove and Charlotte Bray.

 

Future CD releases include Mussorgsky songs and the music of the second Viennese school. Claire also enjoys a burgeoning career as a radio presenter and can be heard on Radio 3’s Inside Music and CD Review programs.

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About la La Voix Humaine at Grange Park Opera

"Claire Booth and Christopher Glynn’s La Voix Humaine for Grange Park Opera is as good as it gets.  .... soprano Claire Booth pours herself into the role of Jean Cocteau’s complicated , self-deceiving heroine Elle, pain and anger spilling over into controlled chaos...  it didn’t occur to me to cry, I was far too moved"

The Spectator, May 2020

 

"Poulenc’s monodrama La Voix Humaine, recorded earlier this week on stage by that most questing, resourceful and intelligent of sopranos Claire Booth"

The Daily Telegraph, May 2020

About Pierrot Lunaire with the Psappha Ensemble

"How faithfully should the sprechgesang settings of the text be observed?....Claire Booth was the soloist here, and got that balance between speech and song exactly right.  There was certainly caricature in her presentation - which stayed on the right side of winsomeness - but musical accuracy too’"

The Guardian, February 2020

 

About the role of Nitocris in Handel's Belshazzar at the Grange Festival.

"Claire Booth’s Nitocris was devoured by emotional conflict and religious zeal; a barn storming performance by an actor-singer who can raise the dramatic heat as soon as she enters the stage"

Opera Now Magazine, June 2019

 

About the title role in Handel's Berenice at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden

"The role of Berenice, sung with due star quality by Claire Booth, who plays the ill-fated Egyptian Queen with a temperamental dash of Olivia Colman from The Favourite"

Financial Times, March 2019

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