B I O G R A P H Y
Born of Asian, Black Caribbean and White European descent, British-Irish soprano, Claudia Haussmann, recently graduated from the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she was generously supported by the Mary Garden Scholarship. 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.
For the 2023 season Claudia will make her role debut as Sandmännchen for Opera Holland Park (Hänsel und Gretel - Young Artist) and will later join the company's Soprano Chorus in Gilbert & Sullivan's Ruddigore.
Previous operatic roles: Tina in Dove's Flight, Mélisande in Debussy's (arr. Constant) Impressions de Pelléas (prepared role, cancelled due to Covid-19), Blanche (cover) in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites, Valletto in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea and Sāvitri (cover) in Holst's Sāvitri with RCS Alexander Gibson Opera School; Despina in Mozart's Così fan tutte, Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen and Musetta (cover) in Puccini's La Bohème with Dulwich Opera Company; Poussette in Massenet's Manon (OperaCoast), Saffi in Strauss II's The Gipsy Baron (Southgate Opera) and Soprano 1 (cover) in Martin's Le vin herbé (RCS Alexander Gibson Opera School). Scenes include: Sophie in Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier and Mélisande in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande (Alexander Gibson Opera School), Alice in Verdi's Falstaff and Erste Dame in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (RCS), Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen and Zdenka in Strauss' Arabella (Associated Studios) and Laoula in Chabrier's L'étoile (AIMS).
Claudia recently sang in the chorus of Opera Holland Park's Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky and West Green House Opera's L'elisir d'amore by Donizetti. She has previously enjoyed singing in Longborough Festival Opera's productions of Anna Bolena by Donizetti and Der fliegende Holländer by Wagner and also performed as a member of the ensemble in Scottish Opera's The Fiery Angel by Prokofiev at Glasgow City Halls and in Dove's The Day After in an English National Opera collaboration with The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. 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 Giselle Allen, Jean Rigby, Kate Royal, Graeme Danby, Malcolm Martineau, Timothy Redmond, Michael Lloyd, David Cowan, Karen Cargill, 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 Mary Garden Scholarship, Trades House Scholarship, RCS Trust, the Laurent-Quigley family, The Clemence Charitable Trust, The Mario Lanza Educational Foundation, Split Infinitive Trust and The Katie Choules Memorial Trust.