B I O G R A P H Y
British soprano, Claudia Haussmann, currently studies at the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Wilma MacDougall and Duncan Williams. She is a graduate of the Masters programme in Vocal Performance at RCS and also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in English Literature from Queen Mary University of London.
Upcoming engagements at RCS include Mélisande in Debussy's (arr. Constant) Impressions de Pelléas, Tina in Dove's Flight and La chouette in Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges.
Previous operatic roles include: Blanche (cover) in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites (RCS Alexander Gibson Opera School), Sāvitri (cover) in Holst's Sāvitri (RCS Alexander Gibson Opera School), Musetta (cover) in Puccini's La Bohème (Dulwich Opera Company), Despina in Mozart's Così fan tutte (Dulwich Opera Company), Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen (Dulwich Opera Company), Poussette in Massenet's Manon (OperaCoast), Saffi in Strauss II's The Gipsy Baron (Southgate Opera), Valletto in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea (Alexander Gibson Opera School) and Soprano 1 (cover) in Martin's Le vin herbé (RCS Alexander Gibson Opera School). Scenes include: Mélisande in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande (Alexander Gibson Opera School), Alice in Verdi's Falstaff (RCS), Erste Dame in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (RCS), Sophie in Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier (Alexander Gibson Opera School & Associated Studios), Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen (Associated Studios), Zdenka in Strauss' Arabella (Associated Studios) and Laoula in Chabrier's L'étoile (AIMS).
Claudia recently sang in the chorus of Longborough Festival Opera's productions of Anna Bolena by Donizetti (conducted by Jeremy Silver and directed by Jenny Miller) and Der fliegende Holländer by Wagner (conducted by Anthony Negus and directed by Thomas Guthrie). She also performed as a member of the ensemble in Scottish Opera's The Fiery Angel by Prokofiev (directed by Max Hoehn and conducted by Mikhail Agrest) at Glasgow City Halls and in Dove's The Day After in an English National Opera collaboration with The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (directed by Jamie Manton and conducted by Philip White). Other chorus work includes: Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Chelsea Opera; Puccini's Tosca with Midsummer Opera and La Bohème with both Dulwich Opera Company and HeadFirst Productions; Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann and La Vie Parisienne; Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin with Southgate Opera.
She has taken part in British Youth Opera's Summer Workshop with Will Kerley and Liz Rowe, and has sung in coachings and/or masterclasses with Kate Royal, Graeme Danby, Malcolm Martineau, Timothy Redmond, Michael Lloyd, David Cowan, Rachel Nicholls and Nadine Secunde.
She held the John Ireland Choral Scholarship 2014-2015 at Sloane Square Choral Society, with whom she performed Dvořák's Mass in D, Haydn's Nelson Mass and Bach's Weihnachts-Oratorium and also performed with Les Sirènes Female Chamber Choir (winners of the 2012 BBC Choir of the Year Competition) in Glasgow.
Claudia received the Les Aldrich Music prize at the North London Music Festival 2015 for 'Most outstanding singer,' in addition to the gold medal in the competition's Operatic class and silver medal in the Lieder/Mélodie class.
In concert, Claudia performed as the soprano soloist in Ardingly International Music School's recital of Britten's Spring Symphony and has showcased at numerous events, including the Capel Manor Proms; An Evening of Light Opera and Song: Claudia Haussmann & Friends at Forty Hall Estate; Music on the Lawn at Forty Hall Estate and the Enfield Choral and Orchestral Festival.
Claudia's studies are generously supported by the RCS Trust Scholarship, the Laurent-Quigley family, The Clemence Charitable Trust, The Mario Lanza Educational Foundation, Split Infinitive Trust and The Katie Choules Memorial Trust.