Biography

claudette-bioClaudette Peterson has been a star at New York City Opera, singing over 15 leading roles there, ranging from the title roles in Massanet’s Manon and Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen to Sophie in Werther and Cunegonde in Candide.  She has appeared on PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center broadcast of Puccini’s La Rondine and the “Gala of Stars” singing Cunegonde’s aria “Glitter and Be Gay” conducted by James Levine, as well as on PBS’s broadcast of “The Kennedy Center Honors” which honored Beverly Sills.  Miss Peterson also created and recorded the role of Fan in Thea Musgrave’s A Christmas Carol for MMG Records.

In America, she has sung with major opera companies including San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Opera Company of Boston, and Washington Opera. She has been acclaimed for roles ranging from the title roles in Manon, La Fille du Regiment, Lucia di Lammermoor, and The Cunning Little Vixen; to Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore and Gilda in Rigoletto, as well Olympia in Le Contes d’Hoffmann and Adele in Die Fledermaus.  Known especially for her Mozart repertoire, she has been acclaimed for her Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Papagena, Pamina & The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte, Mme. Silberklang as well as Mme. Goldentrill in The Impressario, Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito, Serpetta in La Finta Giardiniera and Bastienne in Bastien & Bastienne.  Internationally, she received rave reviews in Geneva, Switzerland in Offenbach’s Barbe Bleu, and in Nice, France as the title role in Lehar’s The Merry Widow.

A superb musical artist, she has collaborated with maestros Julius Rudel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Jose Serebrier, John Mauceri and James Levine.

Miss Peterson is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music & the Merola Opera Program.