Claudia Boyle

“Claudia Boyle Claudia Boyle stopped time and floated my soul to heaven last night.”
Daniel Kramer (Director, English National Opera)
[R-slider id=”2″] “Irish soprano Claudia Boyle … excels in the virtiginous flounces of the Countess’ coloratura.”
The Guardian

A former member of the Salzburger Festspiele’s prestigious Young Singers Project, Irish Soprano Claudia Boyle has dramatically raised her international profile in recent seasons through highly-acclaimed performances in Zurich, Rome, London, Berlin and New York.

Highlights of the current season include a role debut as Leila (The Pearl Fishers) conducted by Roland Böer for English National Opera, Helena in Trojahn’s Orest for Opernhaus Zürich under Erik Nielsen, a reprise of the role of Dede in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place with Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Kent Nagano (recorded for DECCA release) and a first appearance in Tokyo with NHK Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No.8 under Chief Conductor, Paavo Järvi.
Attracting considerable praise for an exceptional vocal versatility and dramatic strength along the way, Boyle has made a number of important role and house debuts since her time with the Salzburg YSP including Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) at Komische Oper Berlin, Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) conducted by James Conlon at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) with Danish National Opera under Martin André. She made her house debut at Semperoper Dresden as Adina (L’elisir d’amore) under Matteo Beltrami, created the role of May-Shan in Christian Jost’s opera Rote Laterne under Alain Altinoglu in her house debut at Opernhaus Zürich and made her Edinburgh International Festival debut in the world premiere of Donnacha Dennehy’s chamber opera The Last Hotel. She received particular critical praise for her company debut with English National Opera as Mabel in Mike Leigh’s production of The Pirates of Penzance and appeared for the first time last season with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Cecily Cardew (The Importance of Being Earnest) in performances at the Barbican Theatre, London and on tour at the Rose Theater, New York with the New York Philharmonic under Ilan Volkov. A testament to her linguistic strengths, Boyle made her debut as Verdi’s Gilda (Rigoletto) at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma under Renato Palumbo to overwhelming audience and critical acclaim.

A compelling concert performer, Boyle has appeared at the Salzburger Festspiele in Cherubini’s Chant sur la Mort de Joseph Haydn under Riccardo Muti, with The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under Paavo Järvi, with NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover under Eivind Gullberg Jensen and with Ensemble Modern in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place under Kent Nagano at both the Berliner Konzerthaus and the Dresden Music Festival.

Born in Dublin, Claudia Boyle graduated from the Royal Irish Academy of Music with first class honours, was recipient of the Opera Prize at the 2010’s Hertogenbosch International Vocal Competion and won both First Prize and the Critics’ Prize at the 2012 Concorso Maria Callas Verona.


“Claudia Boyle brings a gripping sense of drama and a thrilling soprano radiance to the role of Leïla, the reluctant priestess. She was last seen on ENO’s Coliseum stage in The Pirates of Penzance, so it’s a tonic now to hear her in some meatier music.”
Mark Valencia, WHAT’S ON STAGE, 20 Oct, 2016

“Claudia Boyle as Leila in The Pearl Fishers has a voice that could quell evil spirits”
William Hartston, SUNDAY EXPRESS, 25 Oct 2016

“Dublin soprano Claudia Boyle has cemented her reputation as a top-class international soprano by being confirmed for the lead female role of Mabel in award-winning director Mike Leigh’s The Pirates of Penzance. It will be broadcast live from London’s national opera house, The Colleseum.
The English National Opera’s production in cinematic HD, will be broadcast live on May 19 in cinemas across Britain and Ireland, and selected cinemas worldwide.
Boyle who comes from Rathfarnham in Dublin, has enjoyed hug acclaim at home over the past five years, with leading roles in all major venues, including La Cour de Célimene at Wexford, the National Concert Hall and Olympia Theatre. She starred in a major Sky Arts television documentary production of Kurt Weil’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogany.
As well as being a stratospheric coloratura, she also excels as an actress capable of dealing with a range of riles – dramatic and humorous – a factor that obviously played a major part in landing the Pirates role in London.”
Dick O’Riordan, SUNDAY BUSINESS POST, February 15, 2015