Laura Claycomb

Laura Claycomb

Lyric Coloratura Soprano

Over 40 roles in working repertoire
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«And the performance was nothing short of magnificent, a virtuoso display of silvery tone and effortless technical agility. These are the qualities that drive much of the composer’s writing for soprano, and Claycomb’s performance seemed to revel in her ability to negotiate the music’s demands without breaking a sweat.»
«This season’s performance, generally of a high level, was distinguished by the superbly detailed portrayal of debut artist Laura Claycomb, an American soprano for whom Donizetti’s doomed heroine is something of a signature role. Gifted with a crystalline timbre, Claycomb created a characterization that ranged from an almost giddy happiness, progressing to tragic defiance, and finally descending to a heart-rending state of madness. There was a never a false step dramatically, and all of the music, particularly the upper reaches of this high-lying score, was sung with complete security.»
«She sang superbly, but it was no mere vocal exercise. With a sound more lyric than coloratura, she used every roulade, every trill, every high note to delineate an aspect of the heroine’s state of mind. It was the work of a highly intelligent singing actress who managed to embody a character that was not so clearly drawn by the composer and librettist. Claycomb ingeniously filled in most of the gaps.»
2018Mozart: Don GiovanniDonna Anna
2016Bellini: I Capuleti e I MontecchiGiulietta
2016Jorge Sosa's La ReinaLa Santa Muerte
2015Britten: A Midsummer Night's DreamTytania
2015Donizetti: Lucia di LammermoorLucia di Lammermoor
2015Bernstein: CandideCunegonde
2015Salieri: La scuola de' gelosiContessa
2015Orff: Carmina BuranaSoloist
2014Mozart: Der SchauspieldirektorMadame Herz
2014Mozart: Die ZauberflöteKönigen der Nacht
2014Bellini: La SonnambulaAmina
2014Rimsky-Korsakov: The Golden CockerelQueen of Shemakhan
2013Beethoven: Missa solemnis, Op. 123, D majorSoloist
2013Mahler: Symphony No. 4, G majorSoloist
2013Strauss R.: Ariadne auf NaxosZerbinetta
2012Orff: Carmina BuranaSoloist
2012Donizetti: Lucia di LammermoorLucia di Lammermoor
2011Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem SerailKonstanze
2011Mahler: Symphony No. 2, C minor (Auferstehungssymphonie)Soprano soloist
2011Strauss R.: Ariadne auf NaxosZerbinetta
2011Verdi: RigolettoGilda
2009Verdi: RigolettoGilda
2009Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48, D minorSoloist
2009Handel: Messiah, HWV 56Soprano soloist
2009Mozart: Concert AriasSoloist
2009Krenek: Die NachtigallSoloist
2009Poulenc: Gloria, FP 177Soloist
2009Villa Lobos: Bacanas brasileirasSoloist
2008Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (German Requiem)Soprano soloist
2008Beethoven: Christus am Ölberge Oratorio, Op. 85 (Christ on the Mount of Olives)Soprano soloist
2008Handel: RadamistoPolissena
2007Berlioz: Benvenuto CelliniTeresa
2000Rimsky-Korsakov: The Golden CockerelTsaritsa of Shemakha
2000Thomas: HamletOphélie
2000Handel: Giulio Cesare in EgittoCleopatra
2000Mozart: Der SchauspieldirektorMadame Herz
2000Offenbach: Les Contes d'HoffmannOlympia
2000Offenbach: Les Contes d'HoffmannAntonia
2000Mozart: Die ZauberflöteKönigin der Nacht
2000Handel: AriodanteGinevra
2000Mozart: IdomeneoIlia
2000Berlioz: Benvenuto CelliniTeresa
2000Rossini: Le Comte OryContessa Adele
2000Handel: A mirarvi io son intento HWV 178Soprano soloist
2000Handel: Ahi, nelle sorti umane, HWV 179Soprano solo
2000Handel: Il delirio amoroso or Da quel giorno fatale, HWV 99Soprano solo
2000Handel: Quel fior che all'alba ride, HWV 154Soprano soloist
2000Handel: Tanti strali al sen mi scocchi, HWV 197Soprano soloist
2000Handel: Va', speme infida, HWV 199Soprano soloist 1
2000Handel: SerseRomilda
2000Strauss R.: Der RosenkavalierSophie
2000Stravinsky: Le RossignolNightingale
2000Bach J.S.: Mass, BWV 232, B minorSoprano soloist
2000Bach J.S.: Magnificat, BWV 243, D majorSoprano soloist
2000Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915 for high voice and orchestra Op.24Soprano
2000Beethoven: Christus am Ölberge Oratorio, Op. 85 (Christ on the Mount of Olives)Soprano soloist
2000Copland: 12 Poems by Emily DickinsonSoprano soloist
2000Debussy: Le Martyre de saint Sébastien, L. 124Ange
2000Mahler: Symphony No. 8, E-flat major (Symphony of a Thousand)Mater Glorioso
2000Mozart: Der SchauspieldirektorMademoiselle Silberklang
2000Pergolesi: Stabat MaterSoprano
2000Bernstein: CandideCunégonde
2000Orff: Carmina BuranaSoloist


Laura Claycomb is a musician who took her grounded Texas roots, a carefully wrought and solid vocal technique, a fun and refined sense of style, a deep interest in languages and a love of the theater and spun them all into a unique presence in the very firrst rank of the world’s classical performers, a musical personality loved and known by professionals and amateurs alike all over the world.

Ms. Claycomb has sung more than 75 roles on the operatic stage and has traversed an extremely wide range of concert and recital repertory. Her detailed and committed approach to singing works equally well in baroque, classical, bel canto, and late Romantic music as well as in all styles of contemporary music. A favorite of living composers, Laura regularly gives first performances of music written with her particular sound and musicianship in mind.

She has sung in collaboration with a long list of important conductors and stage directors and has long-standing musical relationships, notably with Patrick Summers, Michael Tilson Thomas, Emmanuelle Haïm, Esa-Pekka Salonen, the late Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, and the late Richard Hickox. She first captured international attention at the age of 24, when she assumed the role of Giulietta in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. Debuts followed quickly at the Salzburg Festival, Paris Opera, and Teatro alla Scala (in the title role of Linda di Chamounix), launching an international career.

She is a Grammy winner for her recording of the Mahler Symphony No. 8 with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson omas, and her discography of over 15 titles is notable for its variety and substance.

A native of Dallas, Texas, with two bachelor’s degrees, in Music and Foreign Languages, from Southern Methodist University, Laura has strong ties to the San Francisco Bay Area through her time as an Adler Fellow with San Francisco Opera. She currently resides with her husband in Turin, Italy.

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Mozart: Don Giovanni Donna Anna Dallas Opera (Dallas) 2018
Bellini: I Capuleti e I Montecchi Giulietta Immediately Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe und Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe 2016
Jorge Sosa's La Reina La Santa Muerte Immediately American Lyric Theater 2016
Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream Tytania Immediately Bergen National Opera 2015
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor Lucia di Lammermoor Immediately New Orleans Opera 2015


Tchaikovsky competition (Silver medal)
Spoleto Festival Pegasus Prize
Dallas Opera "Maria Callas" Award