Claire McCahan is a musician, mountain climber, and a Russian prince – in the University of Colorado Boulder’s fall production of Johann Strauss’ comedic opera, Die Fledermaus.
But while the director needs her to act manic, mean, and “done with everything” on stage, McCahan herself is a lively and amicable 27-year-old graduate student. She sits here on the stage of the Music Theatre in the Warner Imig Music Building, where rehearsals currently take place.
A musician from a young age, McCahan grew up in New Hampshire, studying opera from a neighbor and performing in local music theater. Yet she also pursued physics in her undergraduate studies and had to choose music over science by graduation.
After taking time away from music for several years to climb mountains in Montana and live life outside of an academic context, McCahan feels “very lucky to be here” in Boulder, Colorado.
“If I can become successful enough that I get to travel the world singing, then that’s what I want to do. I want to have a life where I do what I love and I’m outside. And I hope I can make that happen.”