Praised for her "glistening torrents of sound" (Opera News), American lyric soprano Claire Kuttler is a versatile singing actress, performing operatic, concert and golden age musical theater repertoire throughout the United States. Claire began 2017 with her company and role debuts as Bea in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers with Opera Birmingham, followed by recitals in Burtonsville, MD and Davenport, IA throughout the spring. Her upcoming engagements include her Carnegie Hall debut as the soprano soloist in Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem with Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY), Alexis in Offenbach's The Island of Tulipatan (L'ile de Tulipatan) with the Light Opera of New York (cast recording to be released by Albany Records) and Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow with New Rochelle Opera.
The 2016 season included company debuts with the Light Opera of New York as Rosie in Jerome Kern’s forgotten gem Sally (cast recording available at Albany Records) and with Southold Opera as Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow. Claire won an encouragement award from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation in New York City and was named a semi-finalist in the 38th Annual Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition. Claire also spent her second summer as an Apprentice Artist with Bel Canto at Caramoor and returned to Rob Kapilow's operatic adaptation of Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham" for the Bing Nursery School at Stanford University.
Other credits includes performances at Palm Beach Opera, Central City Opera, Fargo Moorhead 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, Marguerite/Faust, Desdemona/Otello, and Hanna Glawari/The Merry Widow.
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, the University of Maryland (College Park) and Concordia College (Moorhead, MN). She is also an active voice teacher for middle and high school students, serving on the voice faculties of the Highbridge Voices, an after school non-profit choral music education program for students in the South Bronx and upcoming in 2017 the California State Summer School for the Arts.