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, held in 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 a return to the Royal Opera to sing First Norn Götterdämmerung and Schwertleite Die Walküre in their 2018 Wagner Ring Cycle; Flosshilde Das Rheingold for Teatro Real, Madrid and her debut at Opera National de Paris, also in the Ring Cycle. She will also make her debut at Teatro alla Scala Milan singing Die allwissende Muschel in Strauss Die Ägyptische Helena, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst. 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 both the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Das Neue Orchester at Philharmonie Cologne with Trevor Pinnock and Schwertleite Die Walküre with the Bayerische Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle.
Opera roles include Erda Das Rheingold/Siegfried for Oper Leipzig and Opera North; 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; Olga Eugene Onegin for Welsh National Opera; Marfa in Graham Vick’s new production of Mussorgsky Khovanshchina for Birmingham Opera Company; 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, Second Maid Elektra and Hansel Hansel and Gretel all for Washington National Opera. In Leipzig, she sang Olga, Hänsel, Third Lady, Schwertleite, Flower Maiden Parsifal; Flosshilde Das Rheingold; First Maid Elektra; Clarice/Linetta The Love for Three Oranges and Singer in Manon Lescaut. She 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; Dritte Dame Die Zauberflöte at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden with Yannick Nézet-Séguin; 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.
Recent concerts include Elgar Dream of Gerontius, Elgar Sea Pictures and Mahler Symphony No.2 with Hallé Orchestra; Elgar Sea Pictures with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Tadaaki Otaka; Verdi Requiem in King's College Cambridge with Jac van Steen; Bach St Matthew Passion on tour with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Mark Padmore; Mozart Requiem with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Mendelssohn-Handel Israel in Ägypten with the King’s Consort. She appeared as a soloist with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Thomas Sondergard performing Mahler Symphony No 8 at the 2018 BBC Proms.
Other past concerts include Mahler Symphony No 2 with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic; De Falla El amor brujo with Britten Sinfonia; Mahler Symphony No 3 with Real Filharmonía de Galicia and in King’s College Cambridge, both with Paul Daniel; Schubert Mass in A flat and Beethoven Choral Fantasy with Kent Nagano and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester; 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; 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.