Claire Lees

Award: Sybil Tutton Award

Year: 2016

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Soprano

Location: Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Claire Lees, soprano, studies with Yvonne Kenny at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama on the Opera Course. She is a Concordia Artist and is supported by The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, The Kathleen Trust and Help Musicians UK Tutton Award. Prior to this, Claire studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire, where she gained a BMus(hons).  


Notable Operatic roles include Pamina, ‘Die Zauberflöte’ (Iford Arts), Yum Yum, 'The Mikado' (National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company), Papagena, 'Die Zauberflöte' (Crescent Theatre, Birmingham), Drusilla, 'L’incoronazione di Poppea' (Crescent Theatre, Birmingham). 

As part of scene performances, roles include Manon, ‘Manon’, Romilda, ‘Serses’, Sophie, ‘Der Rosenkavalier’, Baby ‘The Ballad of Baby Doe’, Zerlina 'Don Giovanni', and Lisette 'La Rondine'

Concert appearances include recitals at St James’ Piccadilly and St Martin-in-the-Fields as part of the Concordia Recital Series. Songs of Debussy, Pre LSO Platform (Barbican Hall), Howard Goodall’s 'Every Purpose Under the Heaven' (Peterborough Cathedral), Haydn’s 'The Creation' (LSO Come and Sing Day).

Claire has performed in masterclasses with Brian Zeger (GSMD), Graham Johnson (GSMD), Susan Bullock (GSMD) and Sarah Walker (London Song Festival). She was a finalist at the Wigmore Hall, competing in the 2014 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards. She was also a finalist in the International Lied Duo Competition in Enschede, winning the Vrienden van het Lied Prize. Claire recently became part of the Vrienden van het Lied Society, meaning she will be performing recitals throughout Holland in the future.

Claire has worked with Iain Burnside on his Drums and Guns project in collaboration with the Juilliard School and Royal Irish Academy of Music, performing in Dublin at the Lir Theatre, in London at the Milton Court Theatre and in New York at the Juilliard School.

When not singing Claire enjoys long walks, knitting and going to the theatre.