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Dress rehearsal of The Turn of the Screw at Garsington Opera, 2022 with Rob Murray as Quint.

Photograph - Julian Guidera

Lancashire born soprano, Claire Lees was the winner of the 2019 Wil Keune Mozart Prize at the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition. She is a Samling Artist and a recipient of an Opera Awards Foundation bursary in 2019/20. She is graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Operatic roles include; La Musica, Orfeo, Garsington Opera.  Governess (cover), The Turn of the Screw, Garsington Opera.  Venus, Venus and Adonis, Blackheath Halls Opera.  Barbarina, Le nozze di Figaro, Opera Holland Park.  Adina, L’elisir d’amore, Iford Arts.  Oscar, Un Ballo in maschera, Opera Holland Park.  La Princesse, L’enfant et les sortiléges, VOpera.  Cendrillon, Cendrillon, VIARDOT200.  Yniold (cover), Pelleas et Melisande, Glyndebourne Festival Opera.  Lauretta, Gianni Schicchi, Barbican Hall.  Sœur Constance, Dialogues des Carmélites, GSMD.  Pamina, The Magic Flute, Iford Arts.

Claire is a passionate recitalist and regularly performs in the Netherlands for the Vrienden van het Lied with her duo partner, Lies Braakman. She has performed in numerous venues such as the Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Hall, the Cadogan Hall, St John Smith’s Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields and Peterborough Cathedral.

When not singing, Claire is an avid reader and cat mum to her two cats, Penguin and Panda.