Praised for her "glistening torrents of sound," (Opera News) Iowa-born lyric soprano CLAIRE KUTTLER has been performing throughout the United States on the operatic and concert stage since 2008. Recent season engagements have included Mimì in La Bohème with Anchorage Opera and Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Bel Cantanti Opera, as well as performances with the Metropolitan Opera as a chorus member in Pique Dame, La Damnation de Faust, Parsifal and Verdi’s Requiem. Ms. Kuttler made her Carnegie Hall debut as the soprano soloist in Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem with Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) and, as a competition participant, was a semi-finalist for the Elizabeth Connell Prize in 2017 and 2018 and an Encouragement Award winner from the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation.
This compelling artist has been engaged by Palm Beach Opera, Central City Opera, Fargo Moorhead Opera, Opera Birmingham, New Rochelle Opera, Long Island Opera, Light Opera of New York, Green Mountain Opera Festival, Crested Butte Music Festival, Opera LaFayette, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and New Jersey Festival Orchestra in such roles as Mimì in La Bohème, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, Micaëla in Carmen, Antonia in Les contes D’Hoffmann, Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, and Alexis in The Island of Tulipatan.
Possessing a deep love for American lyric repertoire, Ms. Kuttler has been fortunate to perform many wonderful works. She originated the role of Elaine O'Neill in John Musto’s Later the Same Evening at the Maryland Opera Studio, performed Bea in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers with Opera Birmingham, Emily Webb in Ned Rorem’s Our Town with Palm Beach Opera, and sang Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Mannes Orchestra as a winner of the conservatory’s concerto competition. The soprano was also afforded the great honor of singing for President Barack Obama at his official inaugural prayer service at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.
As a voice teacher, Ms. Kuttler is committed to equitable access to music education and serves on the voice faculties of three non-profit music programs: The Highbridge Voices in the South Bronx, ArtSmart in the New York City public school system, and California State Summer School for the Arts in Los Angeles. She resides in New York City and holds degrees with honors from the Mannes College of Music (Professional Studies Diploma), University of Maryland, College Park (M.M.), and Concordia College in Moorhead, MN (B.M.).
"Glistening torrents of sound.”
– Opera News