Lyric mezzo soprano, Claire Cooper, grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and is currently studying at Peabody Institute in Baltimore with renowned soprano, Elizabeth Futral. Ms. Cooper has most recently performed in the world premiere of The Chains that Bind Us as the Devil and as Toledo in Zach Redler’s The Falling and the Rising with Peabody Institute. Other notable performances include Così fan Tutte (Dorabella) with New York Lyric Opera Theatre, Le Nozze di Figaro (Barbarina) with the Amalfi Coast Music Festival, and scenes from L’incorinazione di Poppea (Nerone) with UNC Opera. In July of 2017 Ms. Cooper made her Carnegie Hall debut as Donna Elivra in scenes from Don Giovanni.
Ms. Cooper is also seasoned in Musical Theatre and Pop performance as she was the music director and primary arranger for her a collegiate capella group, the UNC Walk-Ons. The Walk-Ons received 2nd place in 2015 and 3rd place in 2017 at the International Championship of Collegiate A Capella (ICCA) quarter finals under her music direction.
In addition to performance, Ms. Cooper possesses passion for teaching and directing. Most Recently, she assistant directed Peabody Institute’s production of Il Trittico directed by Garnett Bruce. While completing her Bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ms. Cooper assistant directed UNC Opera’s 2017 Fall Opera Scenes. Additionally, she is credited for music directing musicals and song cycles such as Mel Brooks’ The Producers, Songs for a New World, and The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown with Company Carolina. Before attending Peabody, Ms. Cooper also taught voice lessons to young singers ages 8-16 at the Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts.
Ms. Cooper is thrilled to be portraying the role of Sesto in Chicago Summer Opera’s upcoming performance of Giulio Cesare in August of 2019.