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Anglo-German contralto Claudia Huckle studied at the Royal College of Music in 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. She was the 2013 winner of the Birgit Nilsson Remembrance Award at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition.
She was a member of the ensemble at Leipzig Opera from 2009 to 2012. Her opera roles include Erda (The Rhinegold) for Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opera North and Oper Leipzig; Flosshilde at the Teatro Real, Madrid, and Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) for Zurich Opera, Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia), and Hippolyta in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Marfa in Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina in Birmingham, Merope (Oedipe), the First Norn (The Twilight of the Gods) and Schwertleite (The Valkyrie) and the Third Lady (The Magic Flute) at the Royal Opera House London, a role she has sung at Aix en Provence Festival and at the Dresden Semperoper; Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel) at the Garsington Opera, Smeton (Anna Bolena) in Washington, and Dalila in Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila with the Chelsea Opera Group.
Concert highlights include The Twilight of the Gods at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival, Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody with Lars Vogt, Mahler’s Symphony No 2 at the Festival de Saint-Denis Myung-Whun Chung, The Valkyrie with with the Bayerische Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, and Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius and Sea Pictures with Hallé Orchestra.
In 2019 she made her debut at La Scala de Milan in Die Ägystische Helena. More recently, she performed in numerous concerts (The Valkyrie, Handel’s Messiah, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, and Mendelssohn’s Elias, Mahler’s Symphony No 8 and Bach’s St Mathew’s Passion, Beethoven’s Symphony No 9) and she also sang Flosshilde in The Twilight of the Gods at Teatro Real in Madrid.
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