Claire Lees – Helen Sykes Artists' Management

Claire Lees

SOPRANO

“A soprano voice of great warmth and colour”.

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Claire Lees is the winner of the 2019 Wil Keune Mozart Prize at the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition. She recently performed Adina L’elisir d’amore with Iford Arts and made her Opera Holland Park debut singing the role of Oscar in the Young Artists’ performance of Un ballo in maschera. She is a Samling Artist and a recipient of an Independent Opera Voice Scholarship and Fellowship.

Read Claire Lees’ full biography below.

Current Highlights

Recent success as Adina L’elisir d’amore with Iford Arts
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Opera Holland park debut singing the role of Oscar in the Young Artists’ performance of Un ballo in maschera
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Returning to Glyndebourne Festival Opera this summer to cover Oberto Alcina

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“…In Claire Lees, Iford had found the ideal Adina: fun-loving, flirtations, with a radiant smile and a soprano voice of great warmth and colour that rings brightly at the top…”
JONATHAN CROSS  OPERA

“…Claire Lees portrayed the sassy but fickle Adina, her sound bright, her phrasing graceful…”
RIAN EVANS  THE GUARDIAN

“…Adina (Claire Lees). In dungarees and a silk bandana, she makes light work of Donizetti’s rapid passages and top notes…”
AMANDA HOLLOWAY  THE STAGE

“…Claire Lees was a wonderfully sparky Oscar…Lees was beautifully effortless in her coloratura whilst combining this with an impressive physicality…”
ROBERT HUGILL  PLANET HUGILL

“…Claire Lees as the ever-perky page boy combined pearly tone with sufficient thrust to lead a big ensemble…”
YEHUDA SHAPIRO  OPERA MAGAZINE

“…Claire Lees captured Sister Constance’s gaiety and unpretentious spiritual vision…”
CLAIRE SEYMOUR  OPERA TODAY

“…Claire Lees is ideal casting as Sister Constance…getting to the core of Constance’s simple religious convictions…”
PETER REED  CLASSICAL SOURCE

“…Claire Lees is the discovery of the evening…Lees has wonderful pluck and dignity, looks like a young Julianne Moore and manages all the difficult phrases, above all in Pamina’s lament, to radiant perfection…she’ll make a radiant Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier and her Pamina would already grace any stage…”
DAVID NICE  THE ART’S DESK

“…Claire Lees’ superb Pamina is both girlish and gutsy, her soprano supple, smooth and clean in a performance which does not falter or hesitate…”
CHARLOTTE VALORI  BACHTRACK

Biography

Biography

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Claire Lees is the winner of the 2019 Wil Keune Mozart Prize at the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition.  She recently performed Adina L’elisir d’amore with Iford Arts and made her Opera Holland Park début singing the role of Oscar in the Young Artists’ performance of Un ballo in maschera.  She is a Samling Artist and a recipient of an Independent Opera Voice Scholarship and Fellowship.

On graduating from the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of music and Drama (GSMD) Claire Lees joined the Glyndebourne Festival Opera where she covered the role of Yniold in Debussy’s Pelleas et Melisande and performed in the chorus of Handel’s Guilio Cesare and Saul, and in the new production of Barber’s Vanessa. She then joined GFO for their 50th anniversary tour covering a Spirit in Massenet’s Cendrillon and singing in the chorus of La Traviata.

Claire Lees repertoire also includes Lauretta Gianni Schicchi, Sœur Constance Dialogues des Carmélites (GSMD), Pamina The Magic Flute (Iford Arts), Foreign Woman The Consul (GSMD), Papagena Die Zauberflöte and Drusilla L’incoronazione di Poppea (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire).

Claire Lees has performed concerts in a number of venues including the Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Hall, St James’ Piccadilly, St Martin-in-the-Fields and Peterborough Cathedral.

She has worked with Iain Burnside on his Drums and Guns project in collaboration with the Juilliard School and Royal Irish Academy of Music, performing in Dublin, London and New York.

Claire Lees was engaged to return to Glyndebourne Festival Opera this summer to cover Oberto in Alcina. However, following the outbreak of the COVID19 pandemic, the Festival was cancelled.  Next Summer she returns to Opera Holland Park to sing Barbarina Le nozze di Figaro.

This biography is not for publication. Please contact the office for an updated version.

Contact

Helen Sykes
+44 (0)20 8780 0060
+44 (0)7799 673367

helen@helensykesartists.co.uk

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