Praised for her "glistening torrents of sound" (Opera News), Iowa born lyric soprano Claire Kuttler is a passionate performer of operatic and concert repertoire throughout the United States. Engagements for the 2018-2019 season include Mimì in La Bohème with Anchorage Opera and Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Bel Cantanti Opera in Washington, D.C.. Other recent performances include Claire's Carnegie Hall debut as the soprano soloist in Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem with Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY), Bea in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers with Opera Birmingham, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow for both New Rochelle Opera and Long Island Opera, and Alexis in Offenbach's The Island of Tulipatan (L'ile de Tulipatan) with the Light Opera of New York. Claire was a semi-finalist for the Elizabeth Connell Prize in 2017 and 2018 and received an Encouragement Award from the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation in 2016.
Other credits include performances with 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 in such roles as Mimì/La Bohème, Micaëla/Carmen, Antonia/Les Contes D’Hoffmann, Female Chorus/The Rape of Lucretia, Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi/ Così fan tutte, and Pamina/Die Zauberflöte.
An enthusiastic interpreter of American repertoire, 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.
Also an active voice teacher with a belief in equitable access to music education, Claire currently serves on the voice faculties of three non-profit music education programs: The Highbridge Voices, an after school choral music program for students in the South Bronx, ArtSmart, which provides free voice lessons to students in the New York City public school system, and the California State Summer School for the Arts, a state funded conservatory program for high schoolers. Claire resides in New York City and holds degrees with honors 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.).