Claire Barton is a mezzo-soprano born and raised in Dunedin. She holds a Master of Music (Performance Voice) from the University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand) and a Postgraduate Artist Diploma (Distinction) from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music (London, UK). She made her professional debut in the role of Mrs Slender in Salieri’s 'Falstaff' with Opera Otago at the age of 25. She was a finalist in the Lexus Song Quest in 2007, and in the same year won the Otago Daily Times Aria, the Nelson Sealord Aria and the Wellington Regional Aria. She was twice runner-up in the New Zealand Aria Contest (2007 and 2010). Claire was named a 2008-9 Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera where she sang the role of ‘Aunt’ in 'Jenufa' and understudied the role of Zulma in 'L’Italiana in Algeri'.
In 2011, Claire moved to London to study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. As well as enjoying a diverse range of performance experiences, she was also a member of the first team from Trinity Laban to appear on University Challenge.
Performances in the UK include Mrs Partlett in 'The Sorcerer' with Oxbridge Opera Company, the composite role of Lady in Blackheath Halls Community Opera's production of 'The Adventures of Count Ory' and Moon and Chorus in British Youth Opera’s production of 'Paul Bunyan'. Recent performances in New Zealand include alto solos in Handel’s 'Messiah' (Ashburton and Timaru) and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (City Choir Dunedin), the mezzo solo in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (Dunedin Symphony Orchestra), the alto solo in Bach’s Magnificat (Christchurch Symphony Orchestra), Third Lady in The Magic Flute (Opera Otago), The Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, and Apollonia in La Canterina, (The Little Box of Operas)
She will sing the alto solos in Durufle’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah for City Choir Dunedin later in 2017.