American lyric soprano, Mary Claire Curran, is based in New York City. This summer she makes her role debut singing Musetta in Opera Wilmington’s production of La bohème.
Mary Claire Curran is a lyric soprano known for her charismatic stage presence and sparkling high notes. Praised as a “voluminous soprano” (South Florida Classical Review), Mary Claire is the winner of the 2017 Rohatyn Great Promise Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Eastern Region. In the fall of 2017, she covered the roles Madeline Usher, Young Madeline, and Virginia Otis in the double bill of Gordon Getty’s Usher House and The Canterville Ghost with the Center for Contemporary Opera in conjunction with LA Opera. She is a 2017 grant recipient of the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust and was nominated and chosen as a 2018 Opera America Career Blueprints recipient.
Mary Claire has performed as a solo artist at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Broadway’s Symphony Space, Marc Sorca Hall at The National Opera Center, and L.A.’s Marina Stage at the California Plaza. As a singing actress, she has performed Tamara in Rubinstein’s The Demon, Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte, and Janice in the world premiere of Charles Norman Mason’s Entanglements at the Lowe Art Gallery in Miami. Before transitioning to soprano repertoire, her mezzo performances included Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and “With One Look” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, both with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. While in residence at University of North Carolina Wilmington, she won the prestigious Richard R. Deas Student Concerto Competition, performing “Donde lieta uscì” from Puccini’s La bohème with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. When not singing opera, Mary Claire is a frequent performer in the musical theatre cabaret circuit, including her special St. Patrick’s Day cabaret show, “Kiss Me, I’m Irish!”
Mary Claire has been a participant in the masterclasses of Dean Anthony, David Aronson, Barry Banks, Barbara Bonney, Margo Garrett, Denyce Graves, Sylvia Greenberg, Martin Katz, Sherrill Milnes and Benita Valente, as well as opera director Darren K. Woods. She possesses a Master of Music from University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, as well as an undergraduate degree in vocal performance from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Mary Claire is an active volunteer with Sing for Hope, serves on the Board for the MONC Eastern Region and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s online Entrepreneurship Essentials certificate program. updated 7/30/2019