Sishel Claverie


“The gritty modern production and smoldering Carmen (the smoky-toned mezzo-soprano Sishel Claverie) won me over… Then, at the end, after Don Jose brutally murdered her and the house went dark, the lights came on, revealing the bloodied, shaken Carmen staring at the audience. After a dramatic pause, Ms. Claverie finally sang the “Habenera.” Now that was a riveting and unexpected moment.”
— The New York Times

“In the title role, Sishel Claverie displayed not only the requisite audacity (she sang and danced on the roof of a rickety guard tower) but also a pungent, throbbing mezzo reeking of sin.” — The Observer

“A highly intense Carmen, portrayed with wild abandon and stamina by the impressive smoky mezzo-soprano Sishel Claverie” — Voce di Meche


Praised for her “smoky and seductive voice” and for her “winning vocal power and comic timing”, Mexican Mezzo-soprano Sishel Claverie is quickly gaining recognition as a stage performer.

In 2016, Ms. Claverie made her New York City Opera debut in their new production of Candide, directed by the legendary Harold Prince. She also performed the title role in Heartbeat Opera’s production of Carmen in NYC, which was praised by the New York Times as “Riveting” and considered one of “This Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments”. Highlights during this season, include her debut with El Paso Opera as Carmen; the world premiere of the opera Beloved Prey by Kento Iwasaki, in the role of Lioness; Benjamin Britten’s cantata Phaedra, with The Houston Symphony Players, and a recital at the Aldeburgh Festival in the UK.

Ms. Claverie has appeared in the role of Carmen in Carmen with The New Rochelle Opera and with Opera in the Heights in Houston, Angelina in La Cenerentola with Skylight Music Theatre, in Milwaukee WI, where she also performed as Daniela in the musical In the Heights. In 2013, she made her Santa Fe Opera debut as Charlotte in Offenbach’s La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein, and in 2014 returned to cover the role of Carmen in Carmen.

Ms. Claverie was in residency for two years at Utah Opera in 2011, with multiple engagements including the roles of Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Inez in Il trovatore, Giovanna in Rigoletto, and the cover of Paula in Daniel Catan’s Florencia en el Amazonas. Sishel also appeared as a soloist with Utah Symphony and The Deer Valley Music Festival. Ms. Claverie was a Studio Artist at Wolf Trap Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, the Renata Scotto Opera Studio in Rome, Opera New Jersey, and S.I.V.A.M., Mexico’s most prestigious Young Artist Program.

Other operatic roles include Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos, the title role in Chérubin, Dorabella in Cosí fan tutte, Susanna in The Ghosts of Versailles, and Meg in the international premiere of Adamo’s Little Women in Mexico City, among others.

Sishel holds a Bachelor degree in Music from the University of Houston and a Master degree in Music from Rice University.

Future engagements include covering the role of Glenda in the world premiere of We Shall Not be Moved with Opera Philadelphia. Next spring, Sishel will premier her first solo show entitled Soleful at El Taller in NYC.

Ms. Claverie currently resides in New York City.

September 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, (22), 23 24, 2017
Opera Philadelphia
We Shall Not Be Moved - Glenda(c)

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