Originally from British Columbia, Canada, Layla Claire studied opera at l’Université de Montréal before attending the Curtis Institute of Music, in Philadelphia. She recently finished her last season in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera, which she joined in 2009.
Recognized early on for having an affinity for Mozart, she has performed several roles including Susanna, Countess, Donna Elvira, Donna Anna, Sandrina, Pamina, and Fiordiligi. In 2010, Layla Claire became the first recipient of The Hildegard Behrens Foundation Award. In her career, she also received other honours such as the Mozart Prize at the Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition and was a Queen Elisabeth Competition Laureate. Highlights of her work as a concert artist include Handel’s Messiah with the New York Philharmonic and Mahler's 2nd Symphony with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with conductors including James Levine, Yannick Nezet-Séguin, Bernard Haitink, Jaap von Sweden, and Michael Tilson-Thomas and has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, the Aix-en-Provence Festival and the Glyndebourne Festival.
More information can be found on her website: www.laylaclaire.com.