Claire McCahan has been applauded for her unique tone and dedication to character and expression in operatic and concert performances.
Her recent operatic credits include Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, the title role in Handel’s Ariodante, Third Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Prince Orlofsky in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus (Eklund Opera), and Camille Claudel in a staged interpretation of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s Camille Claudel: Into the Fire (Opera Steamboat). Other roles include Cousin Hebe in Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S Pinafore, Antonia in Wasserman’s Man of La Mancha, and La Maestra delle Novizie in Puccini’s Suor Angelica (Intermountain Opera Bozeman). Recent concert appearances include the alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah at St. John’s Cathedral in Denver, CO under conductor Mathieu Lussier, the Boulder Bach Festival concert “From London with Love” featuring the music of Henry Purcell under conductor Nicholas Carthy, Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Longmont Symphony as well as the Cantabile ensemble of Boulder, and in Mozart’s Requiem with the CU-Boulder choruses and orchestra.
This summer, Ms. McCahan will be a Professional Fellow at both SongFest in Los Angeles and the CoOperative Program at Westminster Choir College. She is the recipient of the 2019 Frances MacEachron Award from the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Solo Competition in New York, and was also a finalist in the 2017 & 2018 Denver Lyric Opera Guild competition and the 2018 Career Advancement Award Recipient from Opera of the Rockies. In her pursuit to explore and promote new music and collaboration, she has been involved in presenting new works with the Pendulum New Music Series as well as the CU New Opera Workshops. With CU NOW 2018, she workshopped the role of Brittomara in Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s new opera If I Were You under conductor Adam Turner, which will premiere at the Merola Program summer 2019. With Pendulum, Ms. McCahan has represented the music of student composers John Clay Allen and Brian Lambert. Ms. McCahan holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire and master’s degree from the University of Colorado Boulder, where she is now pursuing an Artist Diploma.