Bio: Laura Claycomb is a musician who took her grounded Texan roots, a carefully-wrought and solid vocal technique, a fun and refined sense of style, a deep interest in languages and a love of the theater and spun them all into a unique presence in the very first rank of the world’s classical performers, a musical personality loved and known by professional and amateur alike all over the world.
Ms. Claycomb has sung more than 75 roles on the operatic stage and has traversed an extremely wide range of concert and recital repertory; she likewise spent a year on tour with Alain Platel’s dance theater company Les Ballets C de la B singing a jazzed version of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Her detailed and committed approach to singing works equally well in Baroque, Classical, Bel Canto, late Romantic music as well as in all styles of contemporary music. A favorite of living composers, Laura regularly gives first performances of music written with her particular sound and musicianship in the mind of the composer.
She has sung in collaboration with a long list of important conductors and stage directors and has long-standing musical relationships, notably with Patrick Summers, Michael Tilson Thomas, Emmanuelle Haïm, Esa-Pekka Salonen, the late Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, and the late Richard Hickox.
She first captured international attention at the age of 24, when she assumed the role of Giulietta in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. Debuts followed quickly at the Salzburg Festival, Paris Opera, and Teatro alla Scala (in the title role of Linda di Chamounix), launching an international career.
She is a GRAMMY winner for her recording of the Mahler Symphony No. 8 with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas, and her discography of over 15 titles is notable for its variety and substance. Her most recent album, "Open Your Heart," features Laura with guitarist Marc Teicholz in a mix of repertoire from Villa-Lobos, de Falla, Debussy and Bizet to Walton and Seiber.
A native of Dallas, TX with two bachelor’s degrees, in Music and Foreign Languages from Southern Methodist University, Laura has strong ties to the San Francisco Bay area through her time as an Adler Fellow with San Francisco Opera. She resides with her husband in Turin, Italy.