Claire Ward



Claire is a British/Irish soprano based in London. In 2023 Claire looks forward to working with City Music Foundation, curating a series of baroque projects and joining the Monteverdi Choir apprentice scheme. She will also continue her work with Live Music Now and Opera Prelude on a variety of outreach projects and residencies.

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme, Claire is currently a Young Artist with Opera Prelude. In the summers of 2021 and 2022 she performed with Opera Holland Park in the chorus of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and in the role of Frantik in The Cunning Little Vixen. In 2019 Claire understudied the role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at The Grange Festival, and during the same year sang Venus in John Blow’s Venus and Adonis with the Royal Academy of Music.

An avid linguist and lover of French song, Claire made her Oxford Lieder debut with pianist Guy Murgatroyd in 2019, returning to the festival in 2021. She has a growing interest in translation since her studies at the Conservatoire de Toulouse and in 2022 devised a popular lecture recital exploring translating opera for Opera Prelude.

Claire performed Bach Cantatas as part of the Snape Maltings Proms 2019, conducted by Philippe Herreweghe and as a student, regularly performed in the Kohn Foundation/RAM Bach Cantata series with solo highlights of Bach’s Wedding Cantata BVW 202 in June 2017 and Mass in F major in October 2018. Further concert highlights include Poulenc Gloria, Brahms Requiem, Smyth Mass in D, Macdowall Magnificat, Haydn Nelson Mass as well as Mozart Exultate Jubilate and Mass in C Minor in De Montfort Hall, Leicester.

When not singing, Claire loves swimming and is an amateur triathlete.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday 18th January 2023, 1pm

City Music Foundation Lunchtime Recital Series: Handel’s Europe

The Great Hall, Barts’ Heritage

Saturday 28th January, 7pm

Handel’s Europe

St. George’s Church, Westcombe Park

Saturday 4th February, 7pm

Handel’s Europe

University College, Oxford

Tickets on the door

Tuesday 7th February, 6.30pm

Opera Prelude: Charms and Torments of Love: the intimacy of Baroque

The Christ Church, Chelsea

Listen and Watch

Recent Events

Saturday 12th November, 7pm

Reflection and Remembrance: Requiems by Fauré and Charpentier

Figure Ensemble: Choir and step-out soloist

Union Chapel, London

November 2022 – January 2023

Live Music Now Residency

Performer and Workshop Leader

Weekly private events

November – December 2022

Opera Prelude Schools workshops

Performer and Workshop leader

Various private dates

Thursday 1st December, 6pm

Opera Prelude: A Christmas Concert 

with Henley schools

Christchurch, Henley

Saturday 3rd December, 7pm

Nevill Holt Opera: Handel’s Messiah

Choir and step-out soloist

Nevill Holt Theatre

Sunday 4th December, 3pm

Nevill Holt Opera: Handel’s Messiah

Choir and step-out soloist

The Monastery, Manchester

Saturday 10th December, 7.30pm

Poulenc, Gloria: Thames Philharmonic Choir

Soprano soloist

All Saints Church, Kingston upon Thames