About Claudia Wood
‘Of the young principals it was the Scottish Soprano Claudia Wood’s charmingly sung Amaryllis that particularly took the ear’
The Spring, (a rediscovered pasticcio), Chilmark Opera, Brian Robins, Opera Magazine
‘the bright, bell- like soprano of Claudia Wood (Nedda) delivering some of the most compelling singing of the night’
Pagliacci, Midland Opera, Richard Bratby, Birmingham Post
Scottish Soprano Claudia Wood is a Young Artist studying at The Wales International Academy of Voice, with Dennis O’Neill CBE. She is a recent graduate from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she studied with Gail Pearson. Prior to studying music, Claudia was a Police Constable in Dumfries and Galloway. She left the Police to formally pursue vocal training at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Claudia’s past roles include First Lady, Die Zauberflöte (RWCMD Opera, Sherman Theatre); ‘Walter Scott in Music and Opera’, selected opera scenes (Scottish Ensemble, Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival); and Dido, Dido and Aeneas (Opera at Chilmark); Fiordiligi, Cosi fan tutte (RWCMD Opera Scenes); Nedda, Pagliacci (Love to Sing Opera); Helena, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RWCMD Opera Scenes); Nedda, Pagliacci (Midland Opera); Lady Billows, Albert Herring (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Opera Scenes). Claudia performed the role of Amaryllis, The Spring (Opera at Chilmark) a rediscovered pasticcio opera from the eighteenth century created by James Harris, a good friend of Handel. In 2015, she created the role of Celia, in Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s world premiere of Ava’s Wedding, an English opera composed by Michael Wolters.
Upcoming engagements include Ines, Il Trovatore (Opera de Baugé); Leonora- cover, Il Trovatore (Opera de Baugé); Pamina- cover, Die Zauberflöte (Opera de Baugé); Contessa, Le Nozze di Figaro (Blackbird Opera); and reprisal of Amaryllis, The Spring (Opera at Chilmark, during Salisbury International Arts Festival).
In 2018, Claudia was awarded The Wagner Society of Scotland’s Bayreuth Scholarship and a finalist in the Janet Price Opera Prize. Claudia was also awarded third prize in the Edward Brooks English Song Prize (2016). Claudia’s studies at Wales International Academy of Voice, are supported by The Kathleen Trust and The Mario Lanza Education Foundation. As the Producer of Blackbird Opera (a small rural touring opera company based in Dumfries and Galloway), Claudia is grateful to receive support from DGArts Festival, as well as The Hope Scott Trust.