Listening to Women 2016: Layla Claire & Deirdre Brenner

Layla Claire (soprano) & Deirdre Brenner (piano) perform ‘Epheu’ from Richard Strauss’s Madchenblumen Lieder

Deirdre+-+croppedPianist Deirdre Brenner has performed throughout the USA, UK, and Europe. A musician with a passion for chamber music and art song, she has appeared in venues including the Wiener Musikverein, Wiener Kozerthaus, Arnold Schönberg Center (Vienna), Stadthalle (Bayreuth), Teatro Real (Madrid), Beurs van Berlage (Amsterdam), the National Concert Hall (Dublin), St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and St. James-Picadilly (London), and the Hollywell Music Room (Oxford).

Originally from Massachusetts, USA, Deirdre earned a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in both Engineering Sciences and Music, and Master’s degrees from both the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Vienna Conservatory.She is co-founder of the Boyne Music Festival as well as Mosaïque, an innovative concert series in Vienna, Austria.

Me with Deirdre Brenner in Townley Hall at the Boyne Valley Music Festival 201

Me with Deirdre Brenner in Townley Hall at the Boyne Valley Music Festival 201

Canadian-born soprano Layla Claire is an expressive and experienced concert singer, laylasmallwho enjoys an ongoing collaboration with the Boston Symphony Orchestra with whom she performed Mahler’s Symphony No.2 under both James Levine and Michael Tilson Thomas and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream under Bernard Haitink.

Claire made her main stage Metropolitan Opera debut while still a member of the Lindemann Program as Tebaldo (Don Carlo) under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and has since returned for several guest appearances including the creation of the role of Helena in the Baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island under William Christie (available on Virgin Classics DVD), and as Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress) under James Levine. She  demonstratef her versatility in her Washington National Opera debut as Blanche de la Force (Les dialogues des Carmélites) in a new production by Francesca Zambello, receiving universal critical acclaim.

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