Hailed as “clearly a young singer to watch” (Opera Today), Mezzo Soprano Claire Barnett-Jones has performed as Soloist on the Last Night of the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, for Opéra National de Bordeaux, with the Orchestra of Valencia, CBSO and at the Wigmore Hall.
She has had much success in competitions, most recently being selected to compete in the Final Rounds of Placido Domingo’s Operalia Compeition and winning the Wagner Prize of the Netherlands and the Junior Jury Prize at the 52nd International Vocal Competition, s’Hertogenbosch. She also has received the Elly Ameling Masterclass Prize(Lieder) at the 51st IVC Competition, the Dame Patricia Routledge English Song Prize, the Cecil Drew Prize for Oratorio, Major Van Someren-Godfrey Prize for English Song, the Guildhall English Song Prize and Susan Longfield Award for female singers, the Leamington Festival Music Prize, the Birmingham Town Hall/Symphony Hall Recital Prize, the Mario Lanza Opera Prize, and she was a finalist in The Royal Overseas League, Maureen Lehane Vocal competition at the Wigmore Hall and Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform with pianist Somi Kim.
Recent operatic engagements include Dryad (cover) in Ariadne auf Naxos, Suzuki (cover) in Madama Butterfly, Annina (cover) Der Rosenkavalier, all for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. She made her Glyndebourne Festival Debut as 2nd Noble Orphan in Der Rosenkavalier In 2018 and sung Aninna in La Traviata for Glyndebourne Touring Opera later that year. She was presented with the Wessex Glyndebourne Association Award In 2017 for a young singer of much promise. For English National Opera she has covered Sotopenre in Philip Glass’ Akhnaten and Dido, Dido and Aeneas, for a collaboration between ENO and Unicorn Theatre, London.
In the 2019/2020 season operatic engagements include Fricka and Wellgunde in Das Rheingold for Grimeborn Festival, Mama/Tzippy in Where the Wild Things Are, by Knussen at the Mariinsky, St Petersburg with Shadwell Opera and ENO cover engagements include, Eurydice/Myth - The Mask of Orpheus, Frederica - Luisa Miller, Jezibaba - Rusalka and Suzuki- Madame Butterfly.
She created the role of ‘Alto 1’ in Stockhausen’s Mittwoch Aus Licht with Birmingham Opera Company and BBC Proms, directed by Graham Vick. For British Youth Opera she performed Maurya Riders to the Sea,where she was awarded the Basil A Turner Prize for outstanding performance. For Buxton Festival Opera she has performed Gertrude and cover Mother in Charpentier’s Louise conducted by Stephen Barlow.
Claire studied at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Royal Academy Opera and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She was a Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Soloist and a member of the RAM Song Circle. Her studies were generously sponsored by the D’Oyly Carte Memorial Fund Scholarship, The George Drexler Foundation, The May Gibson Charitable Trust, The Josephine Baker Trust, The Countess of Munster Trust, The Winship Foundation, and The William Gibbs Foundation.