Praised by the Ann Arbor News for her "marvelous voice," soprano Claire DiVizio is quickly gaining a reputation for her vocal and dramatic versatility. 2018/2019 holds two company debuts: with Chicago Fringe Opera as Hera in Christopher Cerrone's All Wounds Bleed, and with Des Moines Metro Opera as the study-cover for Marie in Berg's infamous Wozzeck. Her last three seasons have included covering Leonora in Verdi's Il Trovatore with St. Petersburg Opera (FL), singing Salud in De Falla's La Vida Breve with Cincinnati Chamber Opera, appearing as Giorgetta in Puccini's Il tabarro with Mid-Ohio Opera, and performing as the Queen of the Fairies in Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe with the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company of Chicago. Since 2016, Claire has held a coveted spot with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus, which performs under the baton of Riccardo Muti.
In 2015, she made her debut at the Michigan Opera Theatre in their critically-acclaimed production of Robert Rodriguez's Frida, and also appeared with the Crested Butte Music Festival both as Dido in a concert performance of Dido and Aeneas and as a featured soloist in a risqué cabaret show. She has been seen in Louisville, KY as Blanche de la Force in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites, in San Francisco as Giorgetta in Puccini's Il Tabarro, and throughout the US in concerts with pianist and composer Ezra Donner. She is a two-time winner of the Michigan District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a former Semi-Finalist in the American Traditions Competition, and a Finalist in the 2015 Mildred Miller International Voice Competition.
One of Claire's greatest musical passions is working with living composers. Claire has created seven opera roles, and premiered more than twenty concert works for voice, including art song, chamber music, and choral solos. In recent years she has premiered works by Philip White, Ermir Bejo, Lincoln Hanks, Ezra Donner, Yvonne Freckmann, Chris Kincaid, Michael Montgomery, Anna Garman, José Julio Díaz Infante, and Andrey Komanetksy. She is currently collaborating with composers Griffin Candey, Sean Ellis Hussey, and Quinn Dizon on upcoming premieres.
Claire is also an active arts administrator. In 2011, she created Thompson Street Opera Company, which is dedicated to producing new operas by both emerging and established composers. The company resided in Louisville KY for four years, presenting a summer festival which has been featured in multiple news outlets including the Courier Journal, BroadwayWorld, WFPL (NPR affiliate), and Arts-Louisville. In 2016, the company relocated to Chicago IL. They are now in their third season in Chicago, where their achievements so far have included three sold-out performances, a commissioned work, a partnership with Pride Films & Plays, and the critically-acclaimed Chicago premiere of Clint Borzoni's When Adonis Calls.
Claire holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Louisville, where she was supported by a full merit scholarship and teaching fellowship. She is also a graduate of the University of Michigan, and holds both a Bachelor of Music with High Honors in Voice Performance and a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in English Literature.