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.
Plans this season and beyond include her début at Teatro alla Scala Milan singing Die allwissende Muschel in Strauss Die Ägyptische Helena, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst. She will sing Flosshilde Das Rheingold for Teatro Real, Madrid; Erda Das Rheingold / Siegfried for Grand Théâtre de Genève; Suzuki Madama Butterfly for Zürich Opera and return to the Royal Opera to sing First Norn Götterdämmerung and Schwertleite Die Walküre; and she will make her début at Opéra National de Paris as Flosshilde Das Rheingold/Götterdämmerung. Concert plans include Brahms Alto Rhapsody with the Northern Sinfonia and Lars Vogt; Bach St Matthew Passion with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Nicholas McGegan; Handel Messiah with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Trevor Pinnock; Mahler Symphony No 2 at the Festival de Saint-Denis with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Myung-Whun Chung; Schwertleite with the Bayerische Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle; Mahler Kindertotenlieder with the BBCSSO and Michael Sanderling; Mendelssohn Elijah with the BBCSO and Sakari Oramo; and Mahler Symphony No 8 with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and Daniel Harding.
Opera roles include the title role in Britten The Rape of Lucretia and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly for Glyndebourne on Tour; Hippolyta in Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Erda in Das Rheingold/Siegfried for Leipzig Opera, Olga Eugene Onegin for Welsh National Opera; Marfa in Graham Vick’s new production of Mussorgsky Khovanshchina for Birmingham Opera Company; Erda Das Rheingold/Siegfried and Schwertleite Die Walküre for Opera North; Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel for Garsington Opera; Mérope Oedipe for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden where she also appeared as Dritte Dame Die Zauberflöte, a role she has sung at the Festival d’Aix en Provence and for Dresden Semperoper; Dalila Samson et Dalila for Chelsea Opera Group; Smeton in Donizetti Anna Bolena; Irene Tamerlano with Placido Domingo, Second Maid in Elektra 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; Clarice/Linetta in Prokofiev The Love for Three Oranges and Singer in Manon Lescaut. 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; 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 Schwertleite Die Walküre 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.
Past concerts include Elgar Sea Pictures and Dream of Gerontius with Mark Elder and the Hallé; Mahler Symphony No 2 with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic and Hallé Orchestra; Mahler Symphony No 8 at the BBC Proms; Bach St Matthew Passion on tour with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Dritte Dame Die Zauberflöte at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden with Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Elgar Sea Pictures with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Tadaaki Otaka; Verdi Requiem at King's College Cambridge with Jac van Steen. Schubert Mass in A flat and Beethoven Choral Fantasy with Kent Nagano and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester; 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.
Claudia has been the recipient of The Sybil Tutton Award, a prize winner at both the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition and The Sullivan Foundation Competition and the Grand Final Winner of The Thelma King Award for Singers.