“The stand-out vocal presence was Layla Claire... a rich dramatic soprano oozing with class and possibility.” -The Guardian

Canadian soprano Layla Claire begins the 2022/2023 season as Jeanne Boitel in the world premiere of La Beaute du Monde by Julien Bilodeau at Opera de Montreal. Known primarily in her early career as a Mozart and Handel soprano, she has developed in the direction of lyric-dramatic soprano, and makes her debut at Deutsche Opera Berlin as the title role in Detlev Glanert’s Oceane. She then stars in another world premiere at Hamburg Staatsoper as Venere in Salvatore Sciarrino’s Venere e Adone. 

Highlights of past seasons include Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) at the Salzburg Festspiele, Zurich Opera and Staatsoper Munich, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) at Glyndebourne, Alcina with the Staatsoper Hamburg and Karlsruhe Handel Festival, Sandrina (La Finta Giardiniera) and Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. 

Layla Claire was a member of the Lindemann Young Artist’s Program at the Metropolitan Opera making her debut there as Tebaldo (Don Carlo) under Yannick Nezet-Seguin. She has since returned to the Met stage in several guest appearances including the creation of the role of Helena in the Baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island under William Christie (available on Erato Classics DVD) and as Anne Trulove in the Rake’s Progress with James Levine.

A celebrated concert singer, Layla Claire has made guest appearances with the Boston Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, Hamburg Staatsorchester, the Orchestre de Montreal, Orchestre Metropolitan, Boston Baroque and the Bamberg Symphony. She completed her studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, and The University of Montreal. 



“Claire fielding some glorious tones in her upper register that drew bravos from the opening night crowd” -Toronto Star


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“Layla Claire as Tusnelda impresses with her splendid top and virtuosic coloratura.” -Musik Heute, February 2016



L'Ópera de Montréal 
La Beauté du Monde by Julien Bilodeau (*1974)
Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor 
Place des Art 19th, 22th, 24th, 27th of November 2022 
Orchestre Métropolitain 
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Deutsche Oper Berlin
Oceane by Detlev Glanert (*1960)
Stephan Zilias, conductor
6th, 11th and 13th of January 2023
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Staatsoper  Hamburg, 
Venere e Adone by Salvatore Sciarrino (*1947) 
Theater Hamburg
28th May 2023, 18:00 - 20:00 PM  
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