Claire Ward is a London-based soprano from West Sussex. A Britten Pears Young Artist and an artist for Live Music Now, in 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. In 2020 she looks forward to singing the role of Despina with Opera on the Move and joining the Opera Holland Park chorus.
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 June 2019 Claire graduated from her postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Distinction. She continues her studies with Giles Underwood and Joseph Middleton. Claire holds a First-Class Honours degree from Durham University in Music and French and as an Erasmus scholar, spent a year 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 is extremely grateful for the support 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.