Born in South
Shields, Claire Rutter began her career at Scottish Opera, and elsewhere in the
UK, she has appeared with English National Opera, Grange Park Opera, Opera
North and Welsh National Opera. She made her US debut as Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte for Dallas Opera, being nominated for the Maria
Callas Award, and her international engagements have further included
appearances at Opera Australia, Opera Flanders, the Finnish National Opera,
Opéra de Bordeaux, the Opéra de Montpellier, the Opéra de Rennes, the Opéra
national du Rhin, the Norwegian Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera and
Santa Fe Opera.
Her repertoire has included Elvira I Puritani, the title role in Norma, Maddalena Andrea Chénier, Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Elettra Idomeneo, Minnie La Fanciulla del West and Cio-Cio-San Madama Butterfly, the title roles in Manon Lescaut and Turandot, Elvira Ernani, the title role in Giovanna d’Arco, Abigaille Nabucco, Maria Boccanegra Simon Boccanegra, Violetta La traviata and Sieglinde Die Walküre.
Her performance as Lucrezia Borgia with English National Opera was the first opera to be broadcast by Sky Arts and her recording of The Kingdom with the Hallé won a Gramophone Award. Her performance as Aïda, recorded at London’s Royal Albert Hall, is now available on DVD.
Recent and current engagements
include the title role in Vanessa for
Wexford Festival Opera, Mother L’Enfant Prodigue for Scottish Opera,
the title role in La Gioconda for
Malmö Opera, Amelia Un ballo in maschera for Grange Park
Opera, the title role in Tosca for Welsh National Opera,
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the
Philharmonia Orchestra, Britten War
Requiem at the Helsinki Festival, Strauss Four Last Songs with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera Galas at the Barbican Hall, London,
and Symphony Hall, Birmingham.