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.
Plans this season and beyond include Suzuki in a new production of Madama Butterly for Glyndebourne on Tour; Olga Eugene Onegin for Welsh National Opera and a return to the Royal Opera for their 2018 Wagner Ring Cycle. Concert plans include Dalila in Samson et Dalila with Chelsea Opera Group at Cadogan Hall; Schubert Mass in A flat and Beethoven Choral Fantasy with Kent Nagano and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester; Elgar Sea Pictures and Dream of Gerontius with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder; Handel Messiah with the Huddersfield Choral Society and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; De Falla El amor brujo with the Britten Sinfonia; Janáček Glagolitic Mass for the Three Choirs Festival and Mahler Symphony No 3 with the Real Filharmonía de Galicia and in King’s College Cambridge, both with Paul Daniel.
Opera roles include the title role in Britten The Rape of Lucretia for Glyndebourne on Tour; Hippolyta in Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Marfa in Graham Vick’s new production of Mussorgsky Khovanshchina for Birmingham Opera Company; Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel for Garsington Opera; Third Lady Die Zauberflöte with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; at the Festival d’Aix en Provence and for Dresden Semperoper; Smeton in Donizetti Anna Bolena; Irene Tamerlano with Placido Domingo, Second Maid in Elektra and Hansel Hansel and Gretel all for Washington National Opera. As a member of the Leipzig Opera ensemble, 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; The Page in Salome for Santa Fe Opera, while, in concert, she has sung Anna in Berlioz Les Troyens with Valery Gergiev and Maxwell Davies’ The Hogboon under Sir Simon Rattle, both with the LSO; Second Maid Elektra with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra and her Opera North debut as Erda in their Ring Cycle 2016.
Other recent concerts include Mahler Symphony No 2 with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra; Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Kindertotenlieder on tour in Spain and Rückert Lieder with the Britten Sinfonia and 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 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.