Claire Chehade-James graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music Education and Classical Voice and upon her entry, was granted the Helen Myers Scholarship for excellence in performance. During her studies in Music Education, Claire performed the Soprano solo in the Sydney Conservatorium Choirs performance of G.F. Händel’s Coronation Anthems conducted by Neil McEwan, which was broadcast on ABC Classic FM.
After her studies concluded, she worked as a Music Educator in NSW Primary and High schools, during which time she performed the Soprano solos in Händel’s The Messiah and J.S. Bach’s the St John Passion accompanied by musicians from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, Claire travelled to Europe and was engaged to perform the role of Belinda in Dido and Aeneas in Wiesbaden, Germany (2012, Ensemble Caprese), as well as recital singing in churches across Germany.
Upon returning to Sydney, she recommenced work as a Music Educator and became a member of the Sydney Philharmonia Symphony Chorus under the direction of Brett Weymark. With the chorus, she sang at Edward Gough Whitlam’s memorial service in 2014 and in 2015 sang with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra for the Australian Ballet’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
In 2016, she returned to the operatic stage to perform the role of Diana in Orpheus in the Underworld (Rockdale Opera Company), Adina in Elixir of Love (Western Sydney Opera) and was a quarter finalist in the Sydney Eisteddfod Under 35 Opera Scholarship.
In 2017, she was accepted as a sponsored Young Artist with Pacific Opera and during that time performed scenes as Gilda in Rigoletto, Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito, Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos and covered the role of Marzelline in Fidelio.
In 2018, Claire became a semi-finalist in the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship 35 and under. She is currently a pupil of acclaimed Swiss soprano, Noëmi Nadelmann.