“Soprano Claire Coolen followed with a dramatic sweep of the staircase as her radiant voice burst forth with Musetta’s waltz…The drama was impressive as was the voice”. - Classical Voices of New England
“On opening night, the most thrilling moments came from soprano Claire Coolen as Gilda, who wielded a gorgeous voice with impressive control and a powerful stage presence,” - Buzz worthy
“The escalating trills in her performance of the aria Caro Nome are chill-inducing.”- Tampa Bay Times
The rising young soprano Claire Coolen recently sang the role of Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto for Tampa Opera. She is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where she has performed Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Nanetta in Falstaff, Gilda in Rigoletto, and Marie in La Fille du Régiment. As Mrs. Winemiller in Lee Hoiby’s Summer and Smoke the New York Times described her performance as “Winningly portrayed” and the New York Daily Post quoted “Claire Coolen stole the show”. In 2014 she debuted Opera Tampa as Papagena in The Magic Flute. In 2015-16 also she performed Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Binghamton Philharmonic, as well as a gala concert with the Hamilton Philharmonic, and the role of Musetta in La Boheme with Prelude to a Performance. This season she performs Mabel in Pirates of Penzance with Knoxville Opera, and Sister Constanze in Dialogue of the Carmelites with Sarasota Opera. In 2017-18 she returns to pPera Tampa as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. On Rai 3 Radio in Rome, Italy she performed on the well known popular classical program “La Barcaccia” for Renata Scotto.
Other recent performances include Dorinda in Handel’s Orlando with the Siena Music Festival in Siena, Italy, and the role of Hannah in Martin Bresnik’s new opera My Friends Story at The International Festival of Arts and Ideas at Yale University. She has also performed the Governess in Britten’s Turn of the Screw at the Banff Opera Theatre in Banff, Alberta where she received the Royal Bank of Canada Award in Excellence and the Calgary Herald quoted “Best of all, though, was the convincing portrait created by soprano Claire Coolen’s in the central character of the opera”.
Claire filmed and sang the role of Musetta in the motion picture film The Bohemians, a modern adaptation of Puccini’s La Boheme due for release in 2016. (www.thebohemiansmovie.com).
Soprano Claire Coolen followed with a dramatic sweep of the staircase as her radiant voice burst forth with Musetta’s waltz…The drama was impressive as was the voice.
– Classical Voices of New England