Claudia Boyle
Soprano

“The real discovery here is Claudia Boyle, who brings tremendous presence to the part of Mabel” (The Guardian, May 2015)

Contacts

Shirley Thomson +44 (0)20 3725 9173
Christopher Lawson +44 (0)20 3725 9108

Biography

A former member of the Salzburger Festspiele’s prestigious Young Singers Project, Irish soprano Claudia Boyle has dramatically raised her international profile in recent seasons through highly-acclaimed performances in Zürich, Rome, London, Berlin, and New York. 

Important role and house debuts have included Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) at Komische Oper Berlin, Adina (L’elisir d’amore) at Semperoper Dresden under Matteo Beltrami, Leila (The Pearl Fishers) conducted by Roland Böer for English National Opera, Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) conducted by James Conlon at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, and Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) with Danish National Opera under Martin André. She received particular critical praise for her company debut with English National Opera as Mabel in Mike Leigh’s production of The Pirates of Penzance. As a testament to her linguistic strengths, Boyle made her debut as Verdi’s Gilda (Rigoletto) at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma under Renato Palumbo to overwhelming audience and critical acclaim. 

A former member of the Salzburger Festspiele’s prestigious Young Singers Project, Irish soprano Claudia Boyle has dramatically raised her international profile in recent seasons through highly-acclaimed performances in Zürich, Rome, London, Berlin, and New York. 

Important role and house debuts have included Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) at Komische Oper Berlin, Adina (L’elisir d’amore) at Semperoper Dresden under Matteo Beltrami, Leila (The Pearl Fishers) conducted by Roland Böer for English National Opera, Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) conducted by James Conlon at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, and Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) with Danish National Opera under Martin André. She received particular critical praise for her company debut with English National Opera as Mabel in Mike Leigh’s production of The Pirates of Penzance. As a testament to her linguistic strengths, Boyle made her debut as Verdi’s Gilda (Rigoletto) at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma under Renato Palumbo to overwhelming audience and critical acclaim. 

A compelling concert performer, Boyle has appeared at the Salzburger Festspiele in Cherubini’s Chant sur la mort de Joseph Haydn under Riccardo Muti, with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen in Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, with NHK Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No.8, both under Paavo Järvi, in Henze’s Nachtstücke und Arien with NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover under Eivind Gullberg Jensen, and with Ensemble Modern in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place under Kent Nagano at both the Berliner Konzerthaus and the Dresden Music Festival. 

Opera highlights for the current season include Violetta (La traviata) at both English National Opera directed by Daniel Kramer, and Stadttheater Klagenfurt. In concert she performs Carmina Burana with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Ian Tracey, Messiah with the Ulster Orchestra under Paul Daniel, and Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with Orchestre National de Lyon under Leonard Slatkin.

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Shirley Thomson +44 (0)20 3725 9173
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Reviews

“Claudia Boyle, with her beguilingly beautiful soprano, creates a completely new interpretation of Violetta.” (Der Standard, September 2017)

“Helena was Claudia Boyle, impressively precise and clear in her upper register” (Opera Magazine, July 2017)

“And Claudia Boyle’s Helena is captivating in the truest sense of the word, with her metallic, shining, controlled soprano, which she never pushes beyond being lyrical.” (Opernwelt, April 2017)

“the beautiful Helena, deliciously sung by Claudia Boyle.” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung, February 2017)

“Claudia Boyle, with her beguilingly beautiful soprano, creates a completely new interpretation of Violetta.” (Der Standard, September 2017)

“Helena was Claudia Boyle, impressively precise and clear in her upper register” (Opera Magazine, July 2017)

“And Claudia Boyle’s Helena is captivating in the truest sense of the word, with her metallic, shining, controlled soprano, which she never pushes beyond being lyrical.” (Opernwelt, April 2017)

“the beautiful Helena, deliciously sung by Claudia Boyle.” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung, February 2017)

“Claudia Boyle lends her stupendous coloratura sophistication and radiance to Helena.” (Neue Musikzeitung, )

“with the skilfully hysterical soprano of Claudia as Helena.” (Oper Aktuell February 2017)

“The figure of the beautiful Helena, sister to the murdered queen, was convincingly portrayed by the Irish soprano Claudia Boyle…[a] superb singer.” (Bachtrack, February 2017)

“she rose movingly to her big aria in Act 2 and acted with great conviction throughout.” (Opera magazine, December 2016)

“This time, ENO has found singers who can negotiate these challenges more naturally. Claudia Boyle sang prettily as Leïla, with lithe coloratura and bell-like tone.” (Bachtrack, October 2016)

“Claudia Boyle brings a gripping sense of drama and a thrilling soprano radiance to the role of Leïla, the reluctant priestess.” (What’s On Stage, October 2016)

“She is a great actress and has a sensuous vocal quality that really draws you into Leïla’s plight” (Classical Source, October 2016)

“Soprano Claudia Boyle makes a radiant priestess, dispatching Leïla’s extended solo episodes with bright tone and easy range.” (Broadway World, October 2016)

“Claudia Boyle (Cecily) sings in the stratosphere with ease.” (Huffington Post, June 2016)

“New to the cast, Claudia Boyle used her high, bright soprano to surreal effect as Cecily” (Opera Magazine, June 2016)

“Claudia Boyle a pert, hip-wagging Cecily with perfect control in this high-flying role.” (Guardian, April 2016)

“Claudia Boyle’s stratospheric Cecily – an auspicious company debut.” (The Times, April 2016)

“Claudia Boyle dazzles in the stratospheric part of Cecily” (Evening Standard, April 2016)

“Claudia Boyle was a likeable, sympathetic figure as the Woman and sang with a lovely lyrical soprano.” (Opera Magazine, March 2016)

“The evening’s most commendable element is Boyle’s performance…she is a stageworthy performer, through her physical comportment vividly conveying the Woman’s forced geniality, as well as her vulnerability and sadness.” (Musical America, January 2016) 

“the excellent, despairing Claudia Boyle [as the Woman]” (New York Times, January 2016)

“The singing is done, sensationally well, by Claudia Boyle as the other woman” (What’s On Stage, August 2015)

“Claudia Boyle as the mistress [sings] thrillingly well above [the score], in great curlicues of vocal anguish…slinky, mysterious, voluptuous.” (Independent, August 2015)

“There is a real sense of purpose and precision to Claudia Boyle, as the Woman…Boyle [gives a] wonderfully expressive performance: her voice clear and refreshing as it rises in glorious moments of calm lament; her physical portrayal of confidence and regret; and her look of haunted fear” (The Stage, August 2015)

“Claudia Boyle’s Woman sings a mesmerising deathbed elegy” (The Guardian, August 2015)

“her poised and glittery soprano made light of the role’s demands, and she has a vivacious presence.” (Opera Magazine, July 2015)

“Claudia Boyle’s Mabel turns Poor Wandering One into an eruption of smouldering desire” (The Times, May 2015)

“The real discovery here is Claudia Boyle, who brings tremendous presence to the part of Mabel, and dispatches the dizzy bel canto parodies in her arias with impressive assurance.” (The Guardian, May 2015)

“Claudia Boyle’s forthright Mabel delivers the coloratura of ‘Poor Wandering One’ with insouciant ease” (The Telegraph, May 2015)

“attractive coloratura singing from Claudia Boyle as Mabel.” (New York Times, May 2015)

“Claudia Boyle portrays her doll-like alter ego with great skill and sings with an agile coloratura soprano” (Südkurier, March 2015)

“Claudia Boyle sings with brilliant coloratura as the capricious third mistress May-Shan” (Badische Zeitung, March 2015)

“Claudia makes quite an excellent third wife, May-Shan” (Deutschland Radio, March 2015)

“Claudia Boyle was a captivating Gilda and…movingly depicted the character with dramatic accents and robust high notes.” (Bachtrack.com, November 2014)

“Claudia Boyle launched into a fearless program with an electrifying performance of Vivaldi's Agitata da due venti. She also exhibited astonishing breath control in Non mi dir, a joyous Les Filles de Cadix that never descended into camp, and a Regnava nel silenzio that showed off her gleaming top. Unlike many singers, who over-calculate their charm and wit, Boyle rolls the dice in a big way and lands safely every time.” (Brian Kellow, Opera News, February 2014)

“Claudia Boyle (Dede), Jonathan McGovern (Junior) and Christopher Purves (Sam) sing impressively.” (Peter Uehling, Berliner Zeitung, November 2013)

“Claudia Boyle scores another coloratura triumph.” (The Irish Independent, October 2013)

“A real star in the making.” (Ian Fox, Opera, September 2013)

“Claudia Boyle excels in the vertiginous flounces of the Countess's coloratura.” (The Guardian, October 2011)

“Claudia Boyle does full justice to Thomas's extravagant coloratura, vocal acrobatics and elaborate roulades.” (The Irish Independent, October 2011)