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Layla Claire

Soprano Layla Claire’s “penetrating purity” (The New York Times) combined with “emotive force and a poised sensitivity” (Palm Beach Daily News) has quickly made her a sought-after artist on the opera and concert stage. In July 2010, Layla Claire made her Boston Symphony Orchestra debut, on the opening night of the Tanglewood Music Festival under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, with Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, a performance she reprised to begin the 2010-11 season with the BSO and James Levine. In 2010 Layla Claire became the first recipient of The Hildegard Behrens Foundation Award. In 2008 she received the Mozart Prize at the Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition and was a Queen Elisabeth Competition Laureate. She is also a CBC Radio-Canada Jeunes Artistes recital winner, a recipient of J. Desmarais Foundation Bursaries, and a proud recipient of a Canada Council Grant. She returns, this season, as a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera. Originally from Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, Layla Claire studied voice at l’Université de Montréal before attending the Curtis Institute of Music. She currently resides in New York City.

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