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Laura Claycomb


Native Texan Laura Claycomb excels in adventurous repertoire, ranging from Baroque music to bel canto masterpieces to 20th-century and contemporary compositions. Her delicacy, refinement and theatricality in high-flying repertoire make her one of the foremost lyric coloraturas of her generation, and she performs at major opera houses around the world.

She made her debut at La Scala in 1998 singing the title role in Donizetti’s Linda di Chamounix and at the Salzburg Festival in 1997 as Amanda in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre with Esa-Pekka Salonen and Peter Sellars. Other signature roles include Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, Gilda in Rigoletto, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Ophélie in Hamlet and the title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor and La fille du régiment. Claycomb also enjoys a busy concert and recital schedule, appearing with eminent conductors and world-renowned orchestras. Her recordings include Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s Arcadian duets, La partenza and the operas Le Grand Macabre and Sir John in Love.

Engagements in the 2008-09 season included the Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Ode to St. Cecilia with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra under Nicholas McGegan, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 and Schubert’s Mass in E-flat with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under Michael Tilson-Thomas, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Houston and with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, Beethoven’s Christus am Ölberg with the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Pinchas Steinberg in Rome and Krenek’s Die Nachtigall with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas. She also toured Europe with Les Ballets C de la B in performances of Pitié, an opera-dance-theatre hybrid based on Bach’s St. Matthew Passion by director and choreographer Alain Platel.

Laura Claycomb

photo Laurence Mullenders

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