Anglo-German contralto Claudia Huckle studied at the Royal College of Music, London, the New England Conservatory and the Curtis Institute of Music. She was the 2004 Grand Final Winner of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and is a graduate of the prestigious Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera. Claudia is the 2013 winner of the Birgit Nilsson Remembrance Award at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition at Verona - the first female, and first British recipient. She was a member of the ensemble at Leipzig Opera for four seasons from 2009.
This season Claudia returns to Opéra National de Paris as Blumenmädchen/Stimme von oben in Parsifal, to Teatro Real Madrid for their continuing Ring Cycle as 1st Norn and Flosshilde in Götterdämmerung, as well as returning to the Bregenz Festival for Suzuki in Madama Butterfly. Concert plans include Mozart Requiem at the 2021 BBC Proms, Haydn Paukenmesse at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under Zubin Mehta, Mahler Symphony No.2 for Opera North, Handel Messiah with the English Concert and Trevor Pinnock in Pisa and Mahler songs and Beethoven Symphony No 9 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis. Claudia has recently recorded Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde in the composer's own arrangement for piano, with conductor and pianist Justin Brown and tenor Nicky Spence. The CD is due for release in 2022 on the Champs Hill Records label.
Recent highlights include her débuts at Teatro alla Scala Milan singing Die allwissende Muschel in Strauss Die Ägyptische Helena, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, Flosshilde in the Ring Cycle at Opéra National de Paris under Philippe Jordan and Erda/Flosshilde in Das Rheingold for the Bregenz Festival. Notable concert appearances include Saint-Saëns Oratorio de noel with the Netherlands Radio Philarmonic Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko; Mahler Symphony No. 2 at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under Myung Whun Chung and at the Festival de Saint-Denis with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Handel Messiah with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Trevor Pinnock; Mahler Kindertotenlieder with the BBCSSO and Michael Sanderling; Mendelssohn Elijah with the BBCSO and Sakari Oramo; Flosshilde Götterdämmerung with Sir Andrew Davis at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival; Brahms Alto Rhapsody with the Northern Sinfonia and Lars Vogt; Schwertleite with the Bayerische Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle; Elgar Dream of Gerontius and Sea Pictures with The Hallé Orchestra; and her 2018 Proms debut as a soloist with BBC NOW performing Mahler Symphony No 8.
Opera roles include Erda Das Rheingold / Siegfried for Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opera North and Oper Leipzig; Flosshilde Das Rheingold for Teatro Real, Madrid; Suzuki Madama Butterfly for Zurich Opera and Glyndebourne on Tour, for whom she also sang the title role in Britten The Rape of Lucretia (the first performance by Glyndebourne since premiere in 1946); Hippolyta in Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Marfa in Mussorgsky Khovanshchina for Birmingham Opera Company; Mérope Oedipe, First Norn Götterdämmerung and Schwertleite Die Walküre at the Royal Opera House, where she also appeared as Third Lady Die Zauberflöte, a role she has sung at the Festival d’Aix en Provence and for Dresden Semperoper; Dalila in Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila for the Chelsea Opera Group; Smeton in Donizetti Anna Bolena; Irene Tamerlano with Placido Domingo and Hansel Hansel and Gretel all for Washington National Opera. In Leipzig, she sang Olga Eugene Onegin, Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel, Third Lady Die Zauberflöte, Flower Maiden Parsifal; Flosshilde Das Rheingold; First Maid Elektra; Schwertleite Die Walküre; and Clarice/Linetta in Prokofiev The Love for Three Oranges. She has has sung Olga, Pitti-Sing The Mikado and The Duchess in Torsten Rasch The Duchess of Malfi for ENO; Olga for Nantes Opera and Welsh National Opera; Forester’s Wife The Cunning Little Vixen for Deutsche Oper, Berlin and The Page in Salome for Santa Fe Opera. In concert, she has sung Dritte Dame Die Zauberflöte at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden with Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Schwertleite Die Walküre and Flosshilde Götterdämmerung with Sir Andrew Davis for the Edinburgh International Festival; Anna in Berlioz Les Troyens with Valery Gergiev and Maxwell Davies’ The Hogboon under Sir Simon Rattle, both with the LSO and Second Maid Elektra with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Other past concerts include Schubert Mass in A flat and Beethoven Choral Fantasy with Kent Nagano and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester; Mahler Symphony No 3, with Real Filharmonía de Galicia and Paul Daniel; Mahler Ruckert Lieder with the Britten Sinfonia and the RSNO; and Beethoven Missa Solemnis with Sir Roger Norrington at King’s College Cambridge, where she has also sung Verdi Requiem; Mahler Symphony No 2 with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic; Bach St Matthew Passion on tour with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Mozart Requiem with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Kindertotenlieder on tour in Spain with the Britten Sinfonia and Mahler Rückert Lieder with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Beethoven Choral Fantasy and Janacek Glagolitic Mass at the Edinburgh International Festival; Beethoven Symphony No 9 with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra; Beethoven Missa Solemnis with Sir Roger Norrington at King’s College, Cambridge; and Mary Magdalene in Elgar The Apostles at the Three Choirs Festival. Claudia has also sung Handel Messiah with the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, the San Francisco Symphony, Academy of Ancient Music, Huddersfield Choral Society, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Orquesta Sinfónica di Navarro; Zelenka I Penitenti a Sepolcro del Redentore with the Freiberger Barockorchester; Bach St John Passion with the Ulster Orchestra; Bach Magnificat with Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and John Nelson and Bach St Matthew Passion and Mozart Requiem on a US and European tour with the Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists and Sir John Eliot Gardiner.