Born in Wolverhampton, Claire Seaton studied at the Birmingham School of Music, at the Royal Academy of Music with Rae Woodland and Kenneth Bowen, and subsequently with Linda Esther-Grey. She joined Kent Opera during her final year at the Academy, was awarded the Wessex Glyndebourne Association Prize in 1998 and in 1999 made her Glyndebourne Festival Opera debut singing the role of Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito). Further engagements at Glyndebourne have included covering the roles of Ellen Orford (Peter Grimes) and the Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), followed by contracts with Opera de Lyon and Opera Europa.
One of the country’s most adaptable sopranos, Claire also enjoys remarkable success in the early music field where she has worked with ensembles such as The Tallis Scholars and the Gabrieli Consort, with whom she made her BBC Proms debut in Handel’s Dixit Dominus. She has also recorded the soprano solos in Allegri’s Miserere for Regent Records.
Claire’s oratorio experience is extremely broad and she is particularly renowned for her performances of Verdi’s Requiem, Brahms’ Requiem and Mozart’s C Minor Mass. Recent engagements have included Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in Winchester Cathedral and Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony in Lichfield Cathedral. Future engagements include Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Barbican and Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Chichester Cathedral with Sir Willard White.
In addition to the Allegri Miserere, Claire’s discography includes the role of The Believer in Rutland Boughton’s Bethlehem for Naxos, Brahms’ Deutsche Requiem with Jeremy Backhouse and the Vasari Singers for Guild, and the world première of Jonathan Dove’s The Far Theatricals of Day with Nicholas Cleobury which has recently been released by Fleet Street Records. With the counter tenor Andrew Watts, Claire has recently recorded Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and a solo disc on the same label.
Claire first sang with JAM in 2001 and has been involved regularly ever since.