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Described as “A soprano of rare fluency” (The Daily Mail 2011) Scottish Soprano. Marie Claire Breen is a dynamic and vibrant young artist. With extensive experience on the operatic and concert platform.

During her years as a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist from 2010-12, Marie Claire’s attractive voice and captivating stage presence led to her casting in roles including Vixen in The Cunning Little Vixen, Venus in Orpheus in the Underworld, Dewman/cover Gretel in Hansel and Gretel and Paggio in Rigoletto. Other operatic roles includeSusanna Le Nozze di Figaro, Najade Ariadne auf Naxos, Dunyasha, War and Peace, Rowan The Little Sweep.


Marie Claire made her BBC Proms debut in 2010 performing Serenade to Music with Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Other concert repertory includes Poulenc Gloria, Handel Messiah, and Israel in Egypt, Mozart Mass in C Minor and Requiem, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle and Orff Carmina Burana.

Other career highlights to date include performances of soprano and trumpet duets with trumpet virtuoso John Wallace at the Mary’s River Concert Series, Maryland in 2009. Marie Claire has also had the honour of performing for HRH Prince of Wales at St. James’ Palace and Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond.


In addition to the established soprano repertoire, Marie Claire is equally at home in creating new works and working with some of
Scotland’s most exciting composers. Recent works include a new commission for the Lammermuir Festival Tantallon! These Lands This Wall by
 William Sweeney with the Red Note Ensemble.

In 2010 she created the role of The Daughter in Gareth Williams’ opera The Lost Piece for the Merchant City Festival and in October 2012 will work with Scottish Opera creating the lead role of Miss. Austin for the world première performances of Williams’ latest work, The Elephant Angel.

Originally from Saltcoats on the west coast of Scotland, Marie Claire studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly the Royal
Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) with Margaret Izatt and Pat Hay. While studying at RCS Marie Claire won the Norma Grieg prize for French Song, The Governors Recital Prize, The Hugh S Roberton prize for Scots Song, and was second prize winner for both the Ye Cronies Opera prize and the A Ramsey Calder Debussy prize.

Staying true to her Scottish roots Marie Claire is a keen performer of Scots song, particularly the works of modern Scottish composers including James McMillan, Thea Musgrave and Francis George Scott. In 2010, she recorded a series of Francis George Scott’s settings of Burns songs for BBC Radio Scotland’s Classics Unwrapped show.

Forthcoming performances include a recital and workshops in Tianjin, China, Miss Austin in Gareth William’s The Elephant Angel and covering the role of Frasquita in English National Opera’s new production of Carmen directed by Calixto Bieito.