Grammy® Award winning soprano Laura Claycomb has firmly established herself as one of the finest operatic coloratura sopranos of her generation, best known for her ethereal high notes, impeccable musicianship and dramatic stage presence. Her international break-through as Giuletta in Bellini’s I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI in Geneva started a career in many renowned opera houses, such as San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Théâtre de la Monnaie Brussels, La Scala Milan, Berlin State Opera, Paris Opera Garnier and Bastille, as well as the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow. Furthermore, she was featured in such important venues as the festivals of Salzburg, Lucerne, Glyndebourne and Bregenz.
Throughout her career, she has assembled a formidable operatic repertoire of over 40 titles: as a Belcanto singer she sings, amongst others, the title roles of LA SONNAMBULA, LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR and LA FILLE DU REGIMENT, as well as French belcanto roles of 4 Heroines/LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN, Ophelie/HAMLET, and Comtesse Adele/Le Conte Ory. In Mozart, she performs Queen of the night/THE MAGIC FLUTE and Konstanze/DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL, as well as Ilia/IDOMENEO and Donna Anna/DON GIOVANNI. In German Romantic repertoire, she sings Zerbinetta/ARIADNE ON NAXOS, Sophie/DER ROSENKAVALIER as well as Adele/FLEDERMAUS and Gretel/HäNSEL UND GRETEL. She has interpreted Gilda in Verdi’s RIGOLETTO in Paris, Houston, Lausanne, Tel Aviv, Toronto, Bilbao, Pittsburgh as well as Santiago di Chile. In addition, she has enjoyed much success singing Baroque repertoire, including Händel‘s Cleopatra/Giulio Cesare, Romilda/SERSE, and Ginevra/ARIODANTE, as well as modern compositions such as Anne Trulove/THE RAKE’S PROGRESS, Ange/ST. FRANÇOIS D’ASSISE, Queen Wealtheow/GRENDEL, Rossignol/ROSSIGNOL, and Amanda/LE GRAND MACABRE.
Besides her operatic career, Laura is an active concert singer and works with famous orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia, Swedish Radio Orchestra, the RAI orchestra in Turin, as well as the Los Angeles, Rotterdam, Moscow and New York Philharmonics. With those orchestras she had sung, amongst others, Brahm’s EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIEM, Barber’s KNOXVILLE SUMMER OF 1915, Lutoslawski’s CHANTEFLEURS ET CHANTEFABLES, Händel’s MESSIAH, Berstein’s Kaddish, Strauss’ Brentano Lieder, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Debussy’s Le Martyre de St. Sebastien, and Beethoven’s MISSA SOLEMNIS and CHRISTUS AM ÖLBERGE. She maintains a unique relationship with San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, with whom she had sung many Mahler Symphonies (2nd Symphony at Carnegie Hall New York, 4th and 8th Symphony recordings) as well as repertory from Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, Fauré, Webern, Krenek, Strauss, and Verdi, among others.
In recent seasons she was invited as Amina/LA SONNAMBULA at Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, as Adele/DIE FLEDERMAUS at Houston Grand Opera, as Queen of the night/THE MAGIC FLUTE at Bregenz Festival, as Lucia/LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR at New Orleans Opera, as Cunegonde/CANDIDE at Maggio Musicale Florence, and at Bergen Opera as Queen of Shemakha/GOLDEN COCKEREL and Tytania/MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. She sung Hester Prynne in the world premiere of Lori Laitman’s THE SCARLET LETTER at Opera Colorado, Giulietta/I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, concerts at the Opus Festival in Jerusalem, and concerts of Bernstein’s Kaddish with the RAI orchestra in Turin, Mahler 2 in Berlin with Steven Sloane
This season, she sings Malwina/DER VAMPYR at Grand Théâtre de Genève, a tour with the Aix-en-Provence Festival to Beijing and Shanghai with Tytania/MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR at New Israeli Opera, Millicent Jordan in the world premiere of DINNER AT EIGHT at Minnesota Opera, as well as a workshop of Carlos Sosa’s LA REINA in New York.
Laura studied at Southern Methodist University and was an Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera Center. She won the Operetta Prize at the Belvedere Competition (Vienna), the Silver Medal at International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow), and was awarded the Pegasus Prize at the Spoleto Festival (Italy) festival and the Maria Callas Award at Dallas Opera. Laura’s impressive discography includes over 15 titles, including Mahler 4 with both San Francisco Symphony Orchestra/Michael Tilson Thomas and London Symphony Orchestra/Valery Gergiev, Berlioz’ Benvenuto Cellini with SWDR/Sir Roger Norrington and LSO/Colin Davis, Le Grand Macabre under Esa-Pekka Salonen, numerous disks of belcanto with Opera Rara, Handel’s Arcadian Duets with Le Concert D’Astrée/Emmanuelle Haim, a DVD of Anne Trulove/The Rake’s Progress in a Robert LePage production in Brussels, and Laura's latest solo album with guitarist Marc Teicholz, titled Open Your Heart.