Claire Griffin

SopranoA.J. Fletcher Opera Institute

Claire Griffin

Claire Griffin has been characterized as a classical vocalist, soloist, recitalist and thespian, but her treasured designation is “storyteller.” Striving to become a well-rounded “singing actress,” Griffin is in pursuance of her Master of Music as a member of the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute. She trains here under the guidance of Dr. Marilyn Taylor. A North Carolina local, the triad-based soprano hails from Brevard in the Blue Ridge Mountains. In her first year at UNCSA, she sang Nena in Pergolesi’s Lo frate ‘nnamorato and Catherine in a scene from Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge. In 2022, she completed her BM at UNC Greensboro where she studied with Carla LeFevre and coached with Arlene Shrut. During her undergraduate years, she was a winner of the 2022 UNCG Concerto Competition and appeared as a soloist with the UNCG Symphony Orchestra. Roles whilst at UNCG include Marie (The Bartered Bride), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Sister Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Gretel (Hansel und Gretel), Lucy (The Telephone), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), and Jenny Slade (Roman Fever). Additionally, Claire participated in UNCG Opera Theatre’s outreach program that brings short operas for children to local elementary schools. Griffin made her professional debut with Piedmont Opera in March of 2024 singing Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro.

Griffin joins the Janiec Opera Company of the Brevard Music Center in 2024 where she will sing Polly Peachum in Kurt Weil’s The Threepenny Opera while covering Tina (Jonathan Dove’s Flight) and Musetta (La bohème). She spent her 2022 summer at the Aspen Music Festival as a Studio Artist in their Opera Theatre and VocalARTS program and she worked closely with Carol Vaness and Rachelle Flemming singing in operas, scenes (opera and musical theatre), song recitals, donor performances and numerous masterclasses. She was an artist with the Utah Vocal Arts Academy in 2021, where she performed Eurydice in a new translation of Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers under the baton of Michaella Calzaretta.

For two consecutive years (2023 and 2024), Griffin was given an Encouragement Award in the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition’s NC District. She was named a finalist in the 2021 Opera Grand Rapids VanderLaan Prize competition. In the 2020 National NATS Competition, Griffin was awarded first place in the Lower College Women category. She is a 2018 YoungArts winner in voice and won the Silver Award for Voice that same year. Claire had the honor of being a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts Semifinalist, also in 2018.

Before beginning her exploration into the operatic repertoire, Griffin was featured in the world premiere of new musical, Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz, where she sang the

role of classical singer, Deanna Durbin. After debuting this role in 2015, she stayed with the project as it continued to the Goodspeed Opera House where she also covered the role of Judy Garland in 2016. She has participated in numerous NYC readings/stagings of Chasing Rainbows and has worked under directors Tyne Rafaeli, Jeff Whiting, and Dennis Jones.


B.M.University of North Carolina Greensboro