Anglo-German contralto Claudia Huckle, praised as a ‘marvel in Mahler with perfect technique’ (BBC Music Magazine), was a Grand Final Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the first female recipient of Operalia’s Birgit Nilsson Prize for singing Wagner. She has since appeared with opera companies and orchestras across Europe and the USA.
"Contralto Claudia Huckle (Angel/Queen) has the most beautiful velvety voice and uses it to perfection. Her aria ‘O rest in the Lord’ – with BBC SO principal flautist Daniel Pailthorpe accompanying her with utmost musicality on his wooden flute – did indeed feel comforting in many dimensions."
- Seen and Heard International, Agnes Cory
"As the last notes of the thrilling third movement explode, Claudia Huckle comes to the proscenium to open with remarkable serenity the brief fourth movement, "Urlicht". The dense and airy timbre of her contralto is ideally matched with the solemn chorale of brass, whose even and consistent sound, similar to the colours of an organ, accompany with gravity the declamation of the metaphysical text."
- Arthur Macé, Bachtrack
Claudia Huckle’s contralto was in a dark bloom, with characteristically wounding low notes (her ‘grief’ in ‘He was Despised’ was heart-stopping).
- Benjamin Poore, OperaOMH