Commended for her “magnetic stage presence” and “crystalline soprano,” Claire Leyden is an emerging singer and actress with an extensive background in operatic, oratorio, and musical theater repertoire. She is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Hubbard Hutchinson Memorial Fellowship in Music, and was awarded an Emerging Talent Award in the 2018 Lotte Lenya Competition, where she was a Semifinalist in 2019. Claire feels equally at home in a variety of genres, and the diversity of her recent performances speaks to her love of, and versatility in, the “crossover” repertoire.
Claire is currently appearing as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance (or, The Rascals of the Rappahannock) at The Riverside Center for the Performing Arts in Fredericskburg, VA, where her performance has been hailed as “meltingly perfect” and “delightfully delivered.” Other recent operatic credits include Valencienne (The Merry Widow), Despina (Così fan tutte), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Flora (La Traviata), Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia), and various light opera roles with the Victor Herbert Renaissance Project LIVE!, New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, and the College Light Opera Company. Claire is a frequent concert soloist, and made her Carnegie Hall debut in March 2019.
Claire is a recent alumna of Williams College, where she graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Music and English. A native of the Hudson Valley, she currently studies voice with Andrea DelGiudice in New York City.