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

Frequently praised for a colourful, flexible voice and graceful stage presence, Canadian soprano Layla Claire has recently expanded her repertoire with a highly successful role debut as Handel’s Alcina at Karlsruhe Händel-Festspiele, conducted by Andreas Spering. This marked Claire’s return to Karlsruhe after her first foray into Handel there in 2015, as Tusnelda (Arminio), which brought her universal acclaim as ​“a wonderful discovery” (Der Neue Merkur), and now released commercially by Decca Classics.

The current season continues Layla Claire’s Handel theme with the new production of Belshazzar at Opernhaus Zürich, conducted by Laurence Cummings, as well as her debut as Rodelinda with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. For Mozart’s Pamina in Die Zauberflӧte, she travels to South America for her debut with Teatro Santiago de Chile.

Highlights of past opera seasons include a debut at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence as Sandrina in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera broadcast throughout Europe on ARTE, bringing the soprano immediate European attention, and leading to a re-engagement with the Festival for a production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and, most recently a role debut as Cathering Earnshaw in  Opéra National de Lorraine’s production of Wuthering Heights by Herrmann.

Layla Claire was a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Program, making her debut there as Tebaldo (Don Carlo) under Yannick Nézet-Séguin. She has since returned to The Met’s stage for several guest appearances including the creation of the role of Helena in the Baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island under William Christie (available on Virgin Classics DVD) and as Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress.  Layla released her solo album, ‘Songbird’, in 2017; Opera News, in review, described her soprano as “one of the most heartwarmingly beautiful around”.



Boston Baroque is delighted to welcome @laylaclairesop in her role debut as Ginevra in our April performances of HANDEL's Ariodante. Ms. Claire is replacing soprano Kiera Duffy who has withdrawn from the project due to personal reasons.

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“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



Camerata Bern
Les Illuminations, works by Britten, Purcell and Hefti,
with Meesun Hong Coleman Violin and Music Director
15. October 7.30 PM, 2021
Dampfzentrale Bern Turbinensaal
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Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg
Haydn arias and cantatas, conducted by Andreas Spering
Elbphilharmonie, 24 October, 11.00 AM & 25. October, 8.00 PM, 2021


Harburg, Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, 26. October, 8.00 PM, 2021
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Opéra de Montréal
“La Beauté du Monde”, new opera by Julien Bilodeau and Michel Marc Bouchard,
conducted by Jean-Marie Zeitouni, directed by Florent Siaud
Theatre Maisonneuve, 19, 22, 24. March at 7.30 PM & 27. March 2.00 PM, 2022
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