Reviews

Claire as La Musica in Monteverdi's Orfeo at Garsington Opera, June/July 2022

Claire Lees as La Musica, the spirit of Music, projects her fresh-toned soprano with narrative clarity.

John Allison. The Telegraph. June 2022

 

Claire Lees’ La Musica held the audience in the palm of her hand with her song, even the birds silent as the lines request.

Melanie Eskenazi. Music OMH. June 2022

 

There’s much excellent singing all round, however, particularly from Claire Lees, setting the scene as La Musica.

Richard Morrison. The Times. June 2022

 

Claire Lees, as La Musica, brilliantly introduced and initiated the musico-dramatic narrative, shaping each verse with distinct colour, pace and nuance.

Claire Seymour. Opera Today. June 2022.

 

 Claire Lees’ expressive personification of Music.

George Hall. The Stage. June 2022

 

Soprano Claire Lees, whose melodious introductory scene as Music was ravishing.

Mark Valencia. Musical America. June 2022

 

La Musica’s introductory aria, exquisitely sung by soprano Claire Lees.

Clare Colvin. ReviewsGate. June 2022

Claire as Adina in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore at Iford Arts, September 2019

'....the ideal Adina: fun, flirtatious with a radiant smile and a soprano voice of great warmth and colour that rings brightly at the top'

Jonathan Cross, Opera, November 2019

Claire Lees portrayed the sassy but fickle Adina, her sound bright, her phrasing graceful.

 

Rian Evans, The Guardian, September 2019

 

Adina (Claire Lees). In dungarees and a silk bandana, she makes light work of Donizetti’s rapid passages and top notes,

 

Amanda Holloway, The Stage, September 2019

 

Lees hails from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with a vocal breadth and delivery that comes very close to stealing the show, nor is she any less proficient at acting. Country house operas are all about star-spotting and you don’t need a telescope for this one.

 

Rebecca Lipkin, Arbuturian, September 2019

Claire as Oscar in Verdi's Un ballo in maschera at Opera Holland Park, June 2019

Claire Lees was a wonderfully sparky Oscar...........Lees was beautifully effortless in her coloratura whilst combining this with an impressive physicality.

 

Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill, June 2019

Claire Lees as the ever-perky page boy combined pearly tone with sufficient

thrust to lead a big ensemble.

 

Yehuda Shapiro, Opera Magazine, June 2019

Oscar was a bouncy bright-voiced Claire Lees

David Buchler, Opera Spy, June 2019

Claire in recital at the Wigmore Hall for Independent Opera, October 2018.

Claire Lees crystal clear soprano has bags of power and sparkles at the top

Anthony Evans, Planet Hugill, October 2018

Claire as Soeur Constance in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites at Guildhall School, February 2018

Claire Lees captured Sister Constance’s gaiety and unpretentious spiritual vision.

 

Claire Seymour, Opera Today, February 2018

Claire Lees is ideal casting as Sister Constance........getting to the core of Constance’s simple religious convictions.

Peter Reed, Classical Source, February 2018

Claire as Pamina in Mozart's The Magic Flute at Iford Arts, July 2016

Claire Lees is the discovery of the evening.....Lees has wonderful pluck and dignity, looks like a young Julianne Moore and manages all the difficult phrases, above all in Pamina's lament, to radiant perfection.......she'll make a radiant Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier and her Pamina would already grace any stage.

David Nice, The Art's Desk, July 2016

Claire Lees' superb Pamina is both girlish and gutsy, her soprano supple, smooth and clean in a performance which does not falter or hesitate.

 

Charlotte Valori, Bachtrack, July 2016

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Photograph - Julian Guidera, 2022