B I O G R A P H Y
Born of Jamaican Chinese, Maltese and Irish descent, British 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.
In 2023 Claudia made her professional role debut as Sandmännchen (Hänsel und Gretel, Humperdinck) as a Young Artist at Opera Holland Park.
Previous operatic roles performed/prepared include Tina (Flight, Dove), Mélisande (Impressions de Pelléas, Debussy arranged by Constant),* Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn Forever, Bryars),* Blanche de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites, Poulenc),* Valletto (L'incoronazione di Poppea, Monteverdi), Sāvitri (Sāvitri, Holst) and Soprano 1 (Le vin herbé, Martin) with RCS Alexander Gibson Opera School; Despina (Così fan tutte, Mozart), Frasquita (Carmen, Bizet) and Musetta (La Bohème, Puccini) with Dulwich Opera Company; Poussette (Manon, Massenet) with OperaCoast and Saffi (The Gipsy Baron, Strauss II) with Southgate Opera. Scenes include: Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier, Strauss), Mélisande (Pelléas et Mélisande, Debussy), Alice (Falstaff, Verdi), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte, Mozart), Frasquita (Carmen, Bizet), Zdenka (Arabella, Strauss) and Laoula (L'étoile Chabrier).
For the 2024 season, Claudia will return to Opera Holland Park to sing as a member of the chorus in the company's productions of Puccini's Tosca and Edgar. Previous chorus work includes: Gilbert & Sullivan's Ruddigore (Opera Holland Park co-production with Charles Court Opera), Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky (Opera Holland Park) and L'elisir d'amore by Donizetti (West Green House Opera). 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.
Concert highlights include Vivaldi Gloria, Schubert Mass in G and Britten Spring Symphony. 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 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 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.
She participated in British Youth Opera's Summer Workshop with Will Kerley and Liz Rowe, and has sung in coachings and/or masterclasses with renowned artists such as Dame Josephine Barstow, Giselle Allen, Jean Rigby, Kate Royal, Graeme Danby, Malcolm Martineau, Timothy Redmond, Michael Lloyd, David Cowan, Karen Cargill, Rachel Nicholls and Nadine Secunde.
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.
*Productions cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic