Native to Austin, Texas, Claire Dugan is an exceptional vocalist and performer trained mainly in classical with a focus on operatic technique, and well-versed in contemporary styles.
Claire’s love of music started very early in her childhood when her parents noticed she had a knack for opera. She sang in the Austin Girls Choir and then Conspirare Youth Choir in highschool and performed with them across Canada. In highschool, she also sang in TMEA All-State Choir and won multiple competitions, including SMART Opera, which led her to perform several works accompanied by a live orchestra in San Antonio.
After being accepted to University of North Texas Conservatory of Music, Claire continued her rigorous studies in classical singing and performance with Professor Molly Fillmore, showcasing many different roles with UNT Opera. In her first female principal role, she played the coquettish, earthy peasant girl, Zerlina in Don Giovanni. She also had a lead role in UNT Opera’s Alcina as the young boy, Oberto. Her other roles with UNT Opera include a nun from Dialogues des Carmelites, and one of the spirit boys in the Magic Flute.
Claire has taken on numerous vocal ventures, such as Bach Millennium, where she performed with world-renowned conductor, Maestro Matthias Kuntzsch, in Santa Clara, California. Another includes her several concerts with Opera in Concert around Italy in many cities.
Along with her understanding of vocal technique in her classical repertoire, Claire continues to showcase her knowledge of musical theatre, pop, jazz, and much more in her teaching. She believes that learning to sing needs just the right balance of fun and intensity for proper technique. She strives to understand each student, and exactly what they need to succeed.