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
Claudia Wood is a Scottish Soprano currently based in Cardiff, where she is completing her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance at RWCMD, studying under Gail Pearson. Previous to her studies in Cardiff, she studied at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where she graduated with Distinction.
Claudia's upcoming operatic roles include First Lady, The Magic Flute (RWCMD Opera, sung in English, Sherman Theatre, July 2018); and Dido, Dido and Aeneas (Opera at Chilmark, August 2018). Claudia’s past operatic roles include Fiordiligi, Cosi fan tutte (RWCMD Opera Scenes, 2018); Nedda, Pagliacci (Festi’Val de Valois, Provence: Love to Sing Opera, 2017); Helena, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RWCMD Opera Scenes, 2017); Nedda, Pagliacci (Midland Opera, 2016); Lady Billows, Albert Herring (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Opera Scenes, 2015). Claudia performed the role of Amaryllis, in Opera at Chilmark’s 2017 production of The Spring, a rediscovered pasticcio opera from the 18th 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.
In 2018, Claudia was awarded The Wagner Society of Scotland’s Bayreuth Scholarship, and a finalist in the Janet Price Opera Prize. She was a finalist (reserve) in the London Song Festival English Song Master class and British Art Song Prize (2017). Claudia was a third prize winner in the Edward Brooks English Song Prize (2016), and a finalist in the Birmingham Symphony Hall and Town Hall Prize (2015), Ashleyan Opera Prize (2016), The Cecil Drew Oratorio Prize (2016) and The Edward Brooks Lieder Prize (2015).
Claudia has participated in a number of master classes, most recently in the Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall, Cardiff with Louise Alder (2017); and The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham with Mary Bevan as part of Help Musicians UK Song Cycle (2016).
Claudia enjoys returning to Scotland to perform in Dumfries and Galloway and is grateful to the on-going support from DGArts Festival, where she has regularly appeared as a soloist. Most recently, Claudia brought Blackbird Opera to the 2018 DGArts Festival where in collaboration with Scottish Ensemble, produced and performed in 'Walter Scott in Music and Opera'. She also works closely with Wiltshire Music Centre’s ‘Celebrating Age’ Project, performing in community settings across the county.
On the concert platform, she joined the Soprano ensemble in Janacek’s The Diary of One Who Disappeared, a ‘Song Cycle Dinner’ during Absolute Classics 2017 programme. Other appearances include charity events attended by HRH Princess Alexandria, and on a separate occasion to HRH Prince Edward and HRH The Countess of Wessex. Claudia has appeared as a soloist with The English Philharmonic Orchestra, The City of Glasgow Symphony Orchestra, Dumfries Choral Society, Salisbury Chamber Chorus and The Winifred Baker San Francisco Civic Chorale.