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Claire Wild


Claire Wild attended the Royal Northern College of Music‚ sponsored by the Peter Moores Foundation and the Musicians Benevolent Fund. She won the Webster Booth Award‚ the James Oncken Song Prize and the Frost Brownson Award.      

In the current season she performs Baba Yaga Wolf Witch Giant Fairy (The Royal Opera). Among her recent highlights are Tinkerbell in the world premiere of Peter Pan, the dark side by Wolfgang Mitterer (Teatro Comunale di Bolzano); Nefertiti Tutankhamun’s Shoes (English Touring Opera); Minerva in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Longborough Festival Opera); and the world premiere of 5 works for soprano and cimbalom (Psappha Ensemble).

Her operatic roles include Lilli Vanessi/Katharine Kiss Me, Kate, Emma Khovanshchina, Elle La voix humaine (Welsh National Opera); Frasquita Carmen, Alyeya From the House of the Dead, Gretel, Sandman and Dew Fairy Hansel and GretelZerlina Don Giovanni, Emmie  Albert Herring‚  title role L’enfant et les sortilègesPapagenaDespina Così fan tutte(Opera North); Potboy/Child Prodigy The Excursions of Mr Brouček (Opera North/Scottish Opera); Gretel Hansel and Gretel, Herald The Minotaur (Scottish Opera); Zerlina Don Giovanni (Opera Holland Park); Leona La Belle Hélène (English National Opera); Priestess Iphigenie en Tauride (The Royal Opera); Walter La Wally (Chelsea Opera Group); Frasquita (Raymond Gubbay); Papagena (Komische Oper); Cherubino (Theater Bielefeld); and Lucio Cinna Lucio Silla (Bielefeld Philharmonic).   

Claire has a passion for contemporary music and has performed Caridad The Skating Rink (Garsington Opera); Quin Knight Crew (Glyndebourne Education); Baba Yaga Wolf Witch Giant Fairy, Frog How the Whale Became, Maths and Mozart, Pussycat The Owl and the Pussycat, and Martine Babette’s Feast (Royal Opera House); Anon (Welsh National Opera); Nausikaa Birds‚ Barks and Bones, The Bird Blonde Eckbert (The Opera Group); and the title role in The Cricket Recovers (Almeida/Aldeburgh/Stuttgart).

Concert repertoire includes Elijah, MessiahCarmina Burana, Bach St Matthew Passion, Mozart C Minor Mass. She has performed Dallapicolla Commiato and Stravinsky Pulcinella (Royal Northern Sinfonia) and Christmas and New Year Galas (Raymond Gubbay, Orchestra of Opera North, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic), Messiah (CBSO)‚ Richard Ayres’ No 30 (Janáček Philharmonic) and was the singer in a live performance film version of 1395 Days Without Red with music by Ari Benjamin Meyers (Festival d’Automne‚ Paris). Recordings include Fatima in Mercadante’s Zaira (Opera Rara).

Steven Swales Artist Management represents Claire Wild worldwide


Wolf Witch Giant Fairy / The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / 2023
“Music is based on folk traditions, with echoes of klezmer, and fearless use of coloratura as required (specifically by the witch, Claire Wild)”
(The Guardian)

“Special praise must go to Claire Wild’s Queen of the Night inspired Baba Yaga”

Minerva / Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria / Longborough Festival Opera/ 2021
“…Minerva is a tattooed Riot Grrrl in chunky DMs, hair tied back for action but tumbling down as she watches the final triumph of courage and love, and Claire Wild – singing with flashing, sensuous expression – manages to make her simultaneously compassionate and formidable…”
(The Arts Desk)

“Minerva, the lithe-voiced Claire Wild”

Caridad / The Skating Rink / Garsington Opera / 2018
“Claire Wild’s hauntingly vulnerable Caridad, frighteningly convincing as a desperate junkie, Wild’s glorious soprano conveying shock and despair in equal measure, her performance notable for its forensically accurate physical detail.”