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Biography
Layla Claire, now a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, opens her 2010-11 season with Mahler’s 2nd symphony with the BSO conducted by James Levine and her Met debut as Tebaldo in Don Carlos and Euridice (cover) in Orfeo and Euridice. She will sing Marenka in Smetana’s Bartered Bride and tour Japan with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, again in Don Carlos, both conducted by Mo. Levine.
Recent performances include concert galas with San Francisco Symphony and L’Opera de Montreal, recitals with the Philadelphia Chamber Society and the Lindemann Program, Beethoven’s ninth symphony with the Russian National Orchestra under the baton of Itzhak Perlman, Messiah with the Atlanta Symphony, Clothilde in Bellini’s Norma with L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal conducted by Kent Nagano, and Mahler’s 2nd Symphony at the opening celebration of Tanglewood’s 2010 season.
She sang the roles of Donna Anna and Fiordiligi at Tanglewood in past seasons and Donna Elvira and Countess while at the Curtis Institute of Music. At Curtis she also sang Erisbe in Cavalli’s l’Ormindo and Margarita Xirgu in Ainadamar by Osvlado Golijov.
Layla Claire has won numerous awards including the Mozart Prize at the Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition (2008), and First Prize in the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition (2005). She is a CBC Radio-Canada Jeunes Artistes recital winner, a recipient of J. Desmarais Foundation Scholarships, and a proud recipient of a Canada Council Grant. She has also taken prizes at the Queen Elisabeth International Competition, Palm Beach Opera Competition, George London Foundation and the Marian Anderson Prize for Emerging Classical Artists.
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