Layla Claire, soprano & yogi

Layla Claire, soprano & yogi

Photo: Simon Pauly.

A portable practice focused largely on breath, it's no wonder why opera singers are such fans of yoga. Canadian soprano Layla Claire is one of those singers who swears by yoga as part of her daily warm-up; if you've ever heard her sing, it's clear that her warm-up routine is serving her very well.

We wanted to share this short video profile on Claire, created by yoga-giant Lululemon. She filmed it this past summer in Salzburg, where she sang Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Ildebrando D'Arcangelo and Luca Pisaroni. She reprises Elvira in March at Opernhaus Zürich, before singing the Countess in Opera Philadelphia's Le nozze di Figaro.

The rehearsal clips in the video are from La finta giardiniera at Festival D'Aix-en-Provence, 2012, with baritone John Chest.

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Jenna Simeonov

Jenna Simeonov

Jenna is the editor and co-creator of Schmopera.com. She's also a pianist, vocal coach, and répétiteur, and working with singers is how she fell in love with opera. Her favourite operas include Peter Grimes, Ariadne auf Naxos, Tristan und Isolde, Written on Skin, and Anna Nicole.

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