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Claire Pendleton


Claire Pendleton studied at UCL and Birkbeck College, where she received distinction in Opera Performance and was awarded an Ottakar Kraus Memorial Scholarship. She then gained a Postgraduate Diploma at Trinity College of Music, studying with Wendy Eathorne and Geoffrey Pratley; winning several scholarships including the Ricordi Opera Prize and Beatrice Taylor Memorial Scholarship. She is an ENO Chorus member

Previously for ENO: Fido Paul Bunyan, Mrs Rutland (cover) Marnie, Mrs Naidoo (cover) Satyagraha, 2nd Nurse Perfect American, Tetka Jenufa, solo woman in Turandot, Old Woman A Dog’s Heart, Suburban Mum Two Boys, Flower Maiden (cover) Parsifal, Berta (cover) Barber of Seville, Giulia (cover) Gondoliers.


Career Highlights

Claire has performed in many venues around the UK, Europe & South Africa. She has recorded the role of Blush of Morning, in Arthur Sullivan’s Rose of Persia, with the Hanover Band, which is now released on the CPO label. She has also recorded for Chandos, BBC TV and BBC Music Magazine.

She has sung session & concert work, for London Voices, with Nigel Kennedy at Glastonbury, the Classical Brit Awards with Andrea Boccelli, Sarah Brightman, Rusell Watson, Hatley Westenra and again with Nigel Kennedy, all for Southwark Voices; Songs of Praise with Katherine Jenkins & Aled Jones, Sunday Night at the London Palladium with Bruce Forsythe and also performed on The Parkinson show with Luciano Pavarotti. She has studied with the distinguished soprano Marie McLaughlin.

Notable credits elsewhere: Anna Bolena for Swansea City Opera, Rusalka for ‘I Maestri’ at St.John’s Smith Square and Opera Box, First Lady Magic Flute, for Opera Project and Opera à la Carte, Helmwige cover Die Walküre for Northern Wagner Orchestra, Aminta Schweigsame Frau for Garsington Opera Educational Project, Anna Nabucco at Blackheath Concert Halls, Mimi La Boheme, Countess Almaviva Marriage of Figaro, Michaela & Frasquita Carmen and Queen of The Night Magic Flute and High Priestess Aida. Whilst at college Claire sang as Madame Lidoine (Dialogue of the Carmelites), at Spitalfields Opera conducted by Andrea Quinn and received critical acclaim for the British fully staged premiere and the title role of Barber’s Vanessa, at the Bloomsbury Theatre conducted by Gregory Rose. Claire also performed in a masterclass for pianist & singer, with Julius Drake in the Holywell Music Room as part of the Oxford Lieder Festival.

Last updated: 13th July 2023