A native of Dallas, Texas, Laura Claycomb began her career as an Adler Fellow at San Francisco Opera. She first captured international attention when, on short notice, she assumed the role of Giulietta in Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi at Geneva Opera. Ms. Claycomb has performed more than seventy-five roles in works by composers from Monteverdi to Messiaen.
This season, Ms. Claycomb performed R. Strauss’s Brentano Lieder with the Israel Philharmonic and Michael Tilson Thomas, returned to Tel Aviv to sing the title role in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and gave her debut at Florence’s Maggio Musicale in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony as well as the Bolshoi Opera in Bellini’s La Sonnambula. Upcoming appearances include the role of the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Bregenz Festival and Adele in J. Strauss, Jr.’s Die Fledermaus at Houston Grand Opera.
Ms. Claycomb can be heard on the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas’s recordings of Mahler’s Fourth and Eighth symphonies for SFS Media, and she also recorded Mahler's Fourth Symphony and Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini with the London Symphony Orchestra for LSO Live. Her other recordings include Handel's Arcadian Duets with Emmanuelle Haïm and Le Concert d'Astrée, Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the London Sinfonietta, and Carmina burana with the London Symphony Orchestra and Richard Hickox (Chandos). Her recordings for the Opera Rara label include operas by Meyerbeer, Pacini, and Ambroise Thomas.
Ms. Claycomb recently won Dallas Opera’s Maria Callas Debut Artist Award, adding to earlier awards such as the Silver Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and the Pegasus Prize at the Spoleto Festival. She serves as consultant for the Bolshoi Young Artist Program and the Centre for Operatic Studies in Sulmona, Italy. Ms. Claycomb made her San Francisco Symphony debut in 1990 and appeared here most recently in last season’s Barbary Coast & Beyond performances. She lives with her husband in Italy.