Claire Moore (singer)

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Claire Moore (2 January 1960 in Over Hulton, Bolton) is an English soprano singer and actress, best known for her leading role as Christine in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera and as Ellen in Miss Saigon.


Early life[edit]

The daughter of Peggy and Geoff Moore, the latter a jazz musician, she was educated at Hesketh Fletcher School, Atherton, and Leigh Sixth Form College, before operatic training at the Royal Northern College of Music.


Her early work includes appearing alongside Richard Harris in the 1982 London production of Camelot and playing the lead role of Audrey in the 1983–85 Comedy Theatre production of Little Shop of Horrors.

In 1986, she was cast as the alternate Christine Daaé in the original cast of The Phantom of the Opera. She played three shows each week instead of Sarah Brightman. When Brightman left the production after a year, Moore then took on the role full-time. She was voted "favourite Christine" by the Phantom Appreciation Society.[1] In 1989 she left the role to play Ellen in the London production of Miss Saigon.

From 2000 to 2001, Moore played Mrs Anna (as alternate for Elaine Paige) in the London Palladium production of The King and I.[2] She has also played Fantine and Madame Thenardier in Les Misérables;[3] and also appeared in the musicals of Bernard J. Taylor.[4]

Apart from musicals, her work also includes opera, and acting roles with the McKellen/Petherbridge Company's Royal National Theatre productions of The Duchess of Malfi, The Critic, The Real Inspector Hound and The Cherry Orchard.[5]

She is featured on albums including the original cast recordings of Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera – Highlights, Cabaret, Oliver! and Les Misérables, as well as The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Leading Ladies and two solo albums of songs by Bernard J. Taylor.[6]

Living and working in London, she returns regularly to perform at her home town at events such as Bolton Choral Union concerts.[7]

She was seen in April and May 2008 as a vocal coach on BBC TV's I'd Do Anything, a role she previously undertook in How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? (2006) and Any Dream Will Do (2007).[8] Claire reprised her role as vocal coach for Over the Rainbow in 2010. In 2011 she appeared in the Royal National Theatre production London Road at the Cottesloe Theatre.[9]

Claire was the soloist in a James Bond special in the BBC Proms in September 2012. She was accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

She was due to return to the London production of The Phantom of the Opera in September 2013, this time to play Carlotta Guidicelli, but her run was cancelled due to injury.

In 2017 she played the lead role of Chris in The Girls at the Phoenix Theatre

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Review: An Evening with Claire Moore, the Deane School, Bolton, Lancashire County Publications, 29 June 1998
  2. ^ Claire's centre stage in 'King', Lancashire County Publications, 8 September 2000
  3. ^ The Big Interview: Claire Moore and Barry James, Matthew Amer, London Theatre Guide, 6 October 2005
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin; John Martland (1999). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Stage and Film Musicals. London: Virgin in association with Muze UK Ltd. ISBN 0-7535-0375-1.
  5. ^ Sir Ian McKellen Official Home Page Archived 1 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Home town girl who keeps her feet on the ground, Lancashire County Publications, 2 June 2000
  7. ^ Join Claire for songs from the shows, Lancashire County Publications, 8 October 2003
  8. ^ [1] BBC – I'd do anything – Coaching Nancys
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 April 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2011.