RSMI Alumna Wins 'Bravas' For Singing Mozart Roles

It’s not easy to impress the critics at the Financial TimesLayla Claire just makes it look that way. In fact, the alumna from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute (RSMI) is winning raves from publications around the world for her performances in two Mozart operas, the Canadian Opera Company’s Così fan tutte and the Glyndebourne Festival’s Don Giovanni (which runs through Aug. 1). The Financial Times said, “Layla Claire’s Donna Anna dominates through the size of her voice and the electric current that runs through it.” Ravinia presents two Mozart operas of its own, Don Giovanni on Aug. 14 and 16 and The Marriage of Figaro on Aug. 15 and Aug. 17, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under James Conlon in the Martin Theatre.