Recently praised for her “smooth ripe mezzo … with a luxurious lower-middle and effortlessly floated top” (Opera Today), Claire Shackleton is gaining recognition for her colorful tone and magnetic stage presence. Recent successes include her debut with Hawaii Opera Theater as Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Maddalena in Rigoletto with the Jefferson Performing Arts Center, and Jackie Kennedy in the orchestra workshop of David T. Little and Royce Vavrek’s opera JFK.

She has performed as Mercédès in Carmen with New Orleans Opera; Annio in La clemenza di Tito with Opera in the Heights (NYC); Der Komponist in Ariadne auf Nazos with the Pacific Opera Project; Prince Charming in Cendrillon with Kentucky Opera and the Santa Fe Concert Association; Siébel in Faust with Austin Lyric Opera; Angelina in La Cenerentola with Opera Louisiane; and Jenny in The Threepenny Opera with Amarillo Opera.

Her appearances in various young artist programs include Mrs. Soames in Our Town, Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, Jade Boucher in Dead Man Walking, and Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti with Central City Opera; Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Mercédès in Carmen, Olga in The Merry Widow, and Tamara in the world premiere of Ben Moore’s Enemies, A Love Story with Kentucky Opera; Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Countess Charlotte Malcolm in A Little Night Music with the Pine Mountain Music Festival; and Mrs. Splinters in The Tender Land with Glimmerglass Opera. She has also appeared while an apprentice with Des Moines Metro Opera and on an educational tour with Cincinnati Opera.

Concert engagements include Handel’s Messiah with the Pacific Symphony; Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Louisiana Philharmonic; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Wyoming Symphony.

A native of New Orleans, Claire Shackleton received her Bachelor of Music degree from Loyola University New Orleans and completed her Master of Music degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. While at CCM her roles included Der Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos and Dorabella in Così fan Tutte, as well as concert performances of Ravel’s Shéhérazade and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

Claire Shackleton was named Young Artist of the Year by Central City Opera, and has received awards from the Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year Competition and the Rochester Oratorio Society Vocal Competition. She was awarded first place in the Franco-American Vocal Academy Grand Concours de Chant, and was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.


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