Born in Germany, the Italian soprano Claudia Oddo gained her first stage experience at the age of 14 at the opera house of her native city, Bielefeld. There she received her ballet, piano and first vocal training. She performed as dancer, actress and chorus-singer in the theatre’s operas and ballets until she moved to Italy where she started her classical voice studies at the conservatory in Bologna. By the age of 21 she had already made her concert debut as a solo vocalist in the contemporary theatre play “Siate Parchi”.
Internationally acclaimed singers and renowned musicians have so far contributed to Claudia Oddo’s career with their skills and tutelage, including: the tenors Giuliano Ciannella and William Matteuzzi, Placido Domingo; the pianists Roberto Negri in Milan; mezzo-soprano Anna Reynolds, the soprano Yva Barthélémy, the stage director Franco Zeffirelli, the conductor as Fausto Nardi, the bass- baritone Roberto Scandiuzzi and currently the countertenor Aris Christofellis. While still a student, Claudia Oddo was acclaimed as one of the most talented students of the “Borgatti competition” in Ferrara, where she one a six-month scholarship to the Opera Studio Le Nozze di Figaro in the role of Marcellina.
She was among the prizewinners of the “Mythos”; a one-year opera program for young singers at the opera house G. Verdi in Busseto, sponsored by the Foundation “A. Toscanini”. During this program she made her opera debut as Grisette in F. Lehàr’s Die lustige Witwe under the conducting of M. De Bernart at the theatre Salsomaggiore. Other collaborations followed with the A. Toscanini Foundation, such as La Traviata directed by Franco Zeffirelli and conducted by Placido Domingo at the opera house Giuseppe Verdi in Busseto. This historical Production was broadcast in 2002 on Italian TV channel Rai 1.