Biography

Biography

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 including winning the Elly Ameling Masterclass Prize at the IVC Competition in the Netherlands, 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 and the Dean and Chadlington Singing Competitions.

On the operatic stage, Claire’s repertoire includes roles such as; Mrs Paskova The Cunning Little Vixen conducted by Lionel Friend, Emma Jones Street Scene (Weill) conducted by Ben Kennedy, Zita Gianni Schicchi conducted by Michael Seal and Sorceress Dido and Aeneas conducted by Andrew King. She created the role of ‘Alto 1’ in the 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 Buxton Festival Opera she has performed Gertrude in Charpentier’s Louise conducted by Stephen Barlow.

Claire studied at Birmingham Conservatoire, and Royal Academy Opera at the Royal Academy of Music. She was a Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Soloist and a member of the Royal Academy of Music Song Circle.

During her time at RAO she has performed the roles of La Zia Principessa Suor Angelica, Baba the Turk The Rake’s Progress, Hexe Hänsel und Gretel, HRH The Grand Duchess of Monteblanco The Dinner Engagement, Marcellina Le Nozze di Figaro, Sister in Law Rimsky-Korsakov's May Night and Ottavia L’incoronazione di Poppea.

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. Claire is studying towards an Artist's Diploma at Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Professor Susan McCulloch.

Recent and future engagements include the title role in Dido and Aeneas, cover of Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Chorus for Bergen National Opera in Die Fliegender Holländer.