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Christmas with Claudia

In advance of her Christmas special, soprano Claudia Boyle talks to Liadan Hynes about becoming a mum, and how she makes it work

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Soprano Claudia Boyle. Photo: Frank McGrath

Soprano Claudia Boyle. Photo: Frank McGrath

Soprano Claudia Boyle. Photo: Frank McGrath

Claudia Boyle didn't always know she wanted to be a singer. She was halfway through a degree in the Royal Academy of Music, studying as a cellist, when it hit her. "I was literally sitting in the pit looking up when I thought 'oh God, I think I want to be on the stage. That's better; that's what I want to do'," she recalls now with a smile.

She may have not known she wanted to be a singer, but the Dublin-born soprano always wanted to be a performer of some sorts. Now a hugely successful singer, Claudia is soon to front her own Christmas show at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre: The Magic of Christmas with Claudia Boyle and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra. But music was not her original passion. "Acting was my first love as a child," she explains, adding with a laugh, "as a really young child I was obsessed with Meryl Streep." She went to the Betty Ann Norton Theatre School, sat for all her Guildhall exams.

"I would have been an outgoing child - a bit of a class clown. Doing little impressions, that kind of thing," explains Claudia, who in person has a sort of larger-than-life beauty and instant warmth which no doubt come in handy when she is on stage and needs to project to an audience of thousands.


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