Claire Ward is a London-based soprano from West Sussex. A Britten Pears Young Artist for 2019 and a regular artist for Live Music Now, Claire recently performed at Opera Holland Park in their 2021 production of The Cunning Little Vixen and returned to perform in the 2021 Oxford Lieder Festival. In June 2019, Claire covered Susanna (Mozart) at The Grange Festival, sang the role of Venus in John Blow’s Venus and Adonis with the Royal Academy of Music and made her Oxford Lieder debut with pianist Guy Murgatroyd.
With the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme, Claire performed Bach Cantatas as part of the Snape Maltings Proms 2019, conducted by Philippe Herreweghe. Whilst a student, Claire 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 oratorio highlights include 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.
In 2020, Claire was looking forward to touring the role of Despina with Opera on the Move, joining the Opera Holland Park chorus and giving a recital of French mélodie in St. Paul’s Cathedral, events cancelled due to the global pandemic. Claire has dedicated this time to developing a successful teaching platform, working both in-person and online and, in November 2020, gained a Distinction in the LRAM, the RAM’s vocal pedagogy certificate.
Claire holds a DipRAM and MA from the Royal Academy of Music and continues her studies with Amanda Roocroft. She has a First-Class Honours degree from Durham University in Music and French and, as an Erasmus scholar, studied at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Toulouse. Claire is a Samling Academy graduate and has participated in masterclasses with Susan Bullock, Benjamin Appl, Ann Murray, Sir Thomas Allen and Patricia MacMahon.
Claire has been extremely grateful for the support throughout her studies from the Mario Lanza Educational Trust, the Kathleen Trust, the Josephine Baker Trust, the West Dene Fund, the John Clemence Charitable Trust, the Rachel Mackaness Trust and the Royal Academy of Music.