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Claudia Boyle



Claudia Boyle in action.
Claudia Boyle as Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Earnest, The Royal Opera © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Stephen Cummiskey

Irish soprano Claudia Boyle makes her Royal Opera main stage debut in the 2019/20 Season as Alice (Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Underground). Boyle made her Royal Opera debut in 2016 as Cecily (Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest) at the Barbican Centre.

Boyle was born in Dublin and studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She was a Young Artist with Opera Theatre Company in Dublin and a member of the 2010 Salzburg Festival Young Singers’ Project. She won the Opera Prize at the 2010 ‘s-Hertogenbosch International Vocal Competition and First Prize and the Critics’ Prize at the 2012 Maria Callas Grand Prix. Boyle has sung Violetta Valéry (La traviata), Léïla (Les Pêcheurs de perles) and Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance) for English National Opera. Other appearances include Adina (L’elisir d’amore) for Norwegian National Opera and Semperoper Dresden, Olympia/Giulietta/Antonia/Stella (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) for Irish National Opera, Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) for Komische Oper Berlin, Helena (Trojahn’s Orest) and May-Shan (the world premiere of Jost’s Rote Laterne) for Zürich Opera, Lucia di Lammermoor for Royal Danish Opera, Violetta in Klagenfurt, Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Gilda (Rigoletto) for Rome Opera and Woman (Dennehy’s The Last Hotel) at Edinburgh International Festival.

Boyle has sung Alice (Alice’s Adventures Underground) with the RTÉ Orchestra under Adès. Other selected concert appearances include Mahler’s Symphony no.8 with the NHK Symphony Orchestra under Järvi, Henze’s Nachtstücke und Arien with the NDF Radiophilharmonie Hanover and a chamber version of Bernstein’s A Quiet Place at the Berlin Konzerthaus, in Montréal and on a Decca recording under Nagano.

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Listen: The Importance of Being Earnest – ‘I think it would make other types of music laugh’

31 March 2016
Listen: <em>The Importance of Being Earnest</em> – ‘I think it would make other types of music laugh’

Four singers from The Royal Opera’s revival of Gerald Barry’s acclaimed operatic adaptation of Wilde’s classic play discuss food, convention and keeping a straight face.