Instructor of Voice
Claire Shackleton, mezzo-soprano, has been praised for her “polished sheen and warmth”. She has sung around the country with a variety opera companies and orchestras. Ms. Shackleton began teaching at Loyola in 2015, has directed several Loyola productions and performed in recital for Loyola with Dr. Brian Hsu in 2018.
Standard repertoire roles performed by Ms. Shackleton include Hermia-A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Maddalena-Rigoletto, Composer-Ariadne auf Naxos, Prince Charming-Cendrillon, Cherubino and Marcellina-Le Nozze di Figaro, Dorabella-Così fan tutte, Annio-La Clemenza di Tito, Siébel-Faust, Angelina-La Cenerentola, Dinah-Trouble in Tahiti, Jenny-Threepenny Opera, Mrs. Soames-Our Town, Mrs. Splinters-The Tender Land, and Mercédès-Carmen. In these roles and others Ms. Shackleton has appeared on stage with Central City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, New Orleans Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater, Austin Lyric Opera, Kentucky Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Pacific Opera Project, Opera Louisiane, Amarillo Opera, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Jefferson Performing Arts Society and Ohio Light Opera.
While training as a young artist, Claire Shackleton was named Central City Opera’s 2013 Young Artist of the Year, won top awards from the Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year Competition, the Franco-American Vocal Academy Grand Concours de Chant, and was named Regional Finalist three times in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition.
A champion of new music, Ms. Shackleton has debuted several new works and performed ones that have since become part of the modern canon including Logan Skelton’s Letters to Santa at Loyola in 2016, Tucker Fuller’s Book of Saints, Stacy Garrop’s The Book of American Poetry vol. III, and Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. Ms. Shackleton looks forward to singing the principle role of the Diva in the debut of Glyn Bailey and Wesley Payne’s How to Kill a Diva as well as performing Ēriks Ešenvalds’ new work The Passion according to St. Luke in 2019.
Claire Shackleton’s concert engagements include a recent recital with Lyric Fest celebrating Dominick Argento in Philadelphia, Bach’s Mass in B-minor with the Louisiana Philharmonic, Handel’s Messiah with the Pacific Symphony, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Wyoming Symphony.
Ms. Shackleton received her Masters of Music in Voice from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. She received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Loyola University New Orleans. Ms. Shackleton has participated in the young artist training programs of Glimmerglass Opera, Central City Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Kentucky Opera, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Cincinnati Opera Outreach, and Ohio Light Opera.