CMF’s Lunchtime Concert Series
Wednesday 18th January 2023
Claire Ward is a British/Irish soprano based in London. In 2022 Claire became an Opera Prelude Young Artist and returned to perform with Opera Holland Park in the chorus of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.
Having such knowledge and support around will be really valuable to building a sustainable and varied career.
Opera roles include Frantik in the Cunning Little Vixen at Opera Holland Park in 2021, and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro which Claire understudied at The Grange Festival in 2019. In the same year Claire sang the role of Venus in John Blow’s Venus and Adonis with the Royal Academy of Music and made her Oxford Lieder debut. Since 2020, Claire has worked with Live Music Now providing participatory concerts in a variety of settings with duo partner, Guy Murgatroyd. As a Britten Pears Young Artist in 2019, Claire performed Bach Cantatas in the Snape Maltings Proms, conducted by Philippe Herreweghe. As a student, she regularly performed in the Kohn Foundation/RAM Bach Cantata series, as well as with the Ensemble Baroque de Toulouse, whilst studying in France.
Further concert highlights include Bach Wedding Cantata BVW 202, Brahms Requiem, Smyth Mass in D, Macdowall Magnificat, Haydn Nelson Mass as well as Mozart Exultate Jubilate and Mass in C Minor in De Montfort Hall, Leicester. Claire is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and Samling Academy. She holds a First-Class honours degree from Durham University and attended the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Toulouse.