Claudia Rosenthal - Soprano
“…Soprano Claudia Rosenthal was as fervent as the poetry with a voice that was dramatic, beautifully enunciated and had strength in every register. She gave the emotional poems all the virility, all the imagery and all the unforced love which they required. It was a stunning performance...” -ConcertoNet
Described as "funny, confident and stylish" by Opera News, Claudia Rosenthal is gaining attention for her vocal versatility and passionate performances of opera, oratorio, and concert works.
In the 2017-18 season, Claudia makes her house and role debut with Annapolis Opera, singing Beth in Adamo's Little Women, and performs in concert with Opera Theater of Connecticut at the Sanibel Music Festival in Sanibel, Florida. She also creates the role of Irène Curie in the world premiere of Jessica Rudman’s Marie Curie Learns to Swim with Hartford Opera Theater.
Last season, Claudia returned to the Pittsburgh Opera for her second year as a member of their Resident Artist Program. There, she performed Pulcheria in the Pittsburgh premiere of Handel's Richard the Lionheart. Claudia also covered the role of Violetta in Verdi's La traviata, and went on for the final performance. As noted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "the applause Ms. Rosenthal received at the curtain call [at this performance] was unlike anything...witnessed in Pittsburgh." In previous seasons with the company, she was seen as Amy in Adamo's Little Women, Berta in Rossini's The Barber of Seville, and covered Anne Trulove in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress. She also made her debut with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and The Erie Philharmonic.
Recently, she received the George London Award from the 45th Annual George London Foundation Competition and the 2017 Sullivan Foundation Singer Award from the Matheus Sullivan Foundation Competition. She was also an Eastern Region Finalist and the recipient of the 2015 Rohatyn Great Promise Award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and won First Prize and the Irene Patti Memorial Award (for an exceptional soprano) at Florida Grand Opera's Young Patronesses of the Opera National Voice Competition.
In the summer of 2015, she appeared as a Young Artist with Opera on the Avalon, singing the Governess in The Turn of the Screw. Previous seasons’ highlights include Musetta (La bohème), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Clorinda (La cenerentola), and Brigitta (Iolanta) with Yale Opera; Cobweb (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Stella (Les contes d’Hoffmann) as a Studio Artist at Wolf Trap Opera Company; and Nannetta (Falstaff) and Norina (Don Pasquale) as a Young Artist at The Mannes Opera.
Claudia has sung a wide range of art song and concert repertoire, and has given recitals at Mannes College, Yale University, and most recently in Paris under the auspices of the Arts Arena. She has performed with the Yale Symphony Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Mahler’s Second Symphony and made her professional debut performing in Handel’s Messiah with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. She also made her Carnegie Hall debut with the Yale in NY concert series, singing Paul Hindemith’s cantata Die Serenaden. Critics called it “…a stunning performance, and one feels that even the stoic Mr. Hindemith might have shed a tear in appreciation.”
A strong proponent of new music, she has had the opportunity to create several leading roles in the New York City Fringe Festival and at the Yale School of Drama. She also sang the lead role of the little girl in Daniel Schlosberg’s new opera Frau Trude in the New Music New Haven concert series. As a 2014 Vocal Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Claudia performed in the Contemporary Music Festival as the soloist in Jacob Druckman’s Bo and Anna Weesner’s Mother Tongues.
Claudia holds degrees from Yale University, The Hartt School, Mannes College the New School for Music, and the Yale School of Music. In addition to her recent wins at the George London Foundation Competition and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, she has received prizes including The Alumni Prize from the Yale School of Music, The Richard F. Gold Career Grant from The Shoshana Foundation, and a Grant Winner from The Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges. She has received additional prizes from The Jensen Foundation, The Giulio Gari Foundation, and the Opera Theater of Connecticut Amici Competition.