M.M. University of Louisville
B.M. University of Michigan
Claire DiVizio (they/them) is a multi-disciplinary artist, administrator, and educator whose body of work includes stage direction, theatrical design, performance, poetry and prose, visual art, and music composition, along with administrative leadership and arts education. Claire founded Thompson Street Opera Company with the desire to create a space where singers, composers, and production personnel could take risks on truly new operas in a safe, supportive, joyful environment. Using their background as a classically-trained singer, Claire approaches productions with a respect for the skills and needs of performers, and encourages all artists to take ownership of the act of creation. Their writing has been set to music in both art song and opera, and their long history with contemporary vocal music has expanded in the last few years to include music composition. Their first complete opera (Requiem for Five: a comedy), co-written with composer Jasmine Thomasian, was premiered at Chicago Opera On Tap’s Halloween Spooktacular in 2021. In the fall of 2022, Claire will be joining the faculty of Northeastern Illinois University’s School of Music, directing their opera workshop program.