Praised for her "glistening torrents of sound" (Opera News), American lyric soprano Claire Kuttler is a versatile singing actress, performing operatic and concert repertoire throughout the United States. Recent performances include Claire's Carnegie Hall debut as the soprano soloist in Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem with Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY), company and role debuts as Bea in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers with Opera Birmingham, the title role in The Merry Widow for New Rochelle Opera and Long Island Opera, and the role of Alexis in Offenbach's The Island of Tulipatan (L'ile de Tulipatan) with the Light Opera of New York, where she is featured on the cast recording available through Albany Records. Claire was a semi-finalist for the Elizabeth Connell Prize in 2017 and was given an Encouragement Award from the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation in 2016.
Other credits include performances at Palm Beach Opera, Central City Opera, Fargo Moorhead Opera, Long Island Opera, the Green Mountain Opera Festival, the Crested Butte Music Festival, Opera LaFayette, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and the New Jersey Festival Orchestra. Her operatic repertoire includes Mimì/La Bohème, Antonia/Les Contes D’Hoffmann, Female Chorus/The Rape of Lucretia, Governess/The Turn of the Screw, Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni, La Contessa/Le Nozze di Figaro, Fiordiligi/ Così fan tutte, Arabella/Arabella, Hanna Glawari/The Merry Widow, First Lady/Die Zauberflöte and Rosalinda/Die Fledermaus.
A passionate performer of American work, Claire originated the role of Elaine O'Neill in John Musto’s Later the Same Evening in 2007, sang Emily Webb in Ned Rorem’s Our Town with Palm Beach Opera in 2014 and was a concerto competition winner with Barber's "Knoxville: Summer of 1915" at the Mannes College of Music in 2012. She has also had the honor to sing for President Barack Obama at his official inaugural prayer service on January 20, 2008 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.
Claire resides in New York City and holds degrees from the Mannes College of Music (Professional Studies Diploma), the University of Maryland, College Park (M.M.) and Concordia College in Moorhead, MN (B.M.). She is also an active voice teacher giving masterclasses at the Conservatoire de Musique de Rimouski, the University of Maryland and for Tower Talent. In addition, Claire currently serves on the voice faculties of the Highbridge Voices, an after school non-profit choral music education program for students in the South Bronx and the California State Summer School for the Arts in Valencia, CA.