Samantha Clarke

Recent and future engagements include Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte and Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Guildhall, the title role in Georgiana at the Buxton International Festival, Musetta La bohème at Opera North, Rutter’s Requiem with the Munchner Rundfunkorchester and concerts with The Mozartists. Later this season, Samantha will make her house debut at the Grange Festival as Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Australian / British soprano Samantha Clarke is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Guildhall Gold Medal as well as being a prize winner in the Grange International Festival Singing Competition in 2019, Leverhulme Royal Northern College of Music Award, the Dame Eva Turner Award and the Michael and Joyce Kennedy Award for the singing of Strauss. Samantha was awarded a 2017 RNCM Gold Medal and was a Ferrier semi finalist in 2019.

She is supported by the Australian Music Foundation.



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    09 Jan 20 MOZART Classical Opera
    Wigmore Hall

    Which Clarke already has in spades: living the text, relishing the humour of arias from what could be stock minxes in Haydn operas – the teasing Grilletta in Haydn’s Lo speziale (The Apothecary), the metre-slipping commoner Lesbina playing an aristocrat in Le pescatrici – and sensitive to her colleagues, above all to the horn obbligato of Gavin Edwards, a total star of a Mozartists concert last year, in “Lungi da te” from the opera with which the 14-year old Mozart finally arrived in 1770, Mitridate, re di Ponto; their short cadenza together was a delicious highlight of a totally pleasurable evening.

    David Nice, The Art Desk, 10 January 2020

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    22 Oct 19 PUCCINI La boheme

    Samantha Clarke’s Musetta had a commanding presence, stealing hearts with her seductively sung Quando m’en vo’.

    The famous quartet, with Marcello (Timothy Nelson) and Musetta exchange insults as Rodolfo and Mimi agree to stay together, was immaculately executed.”

    Gavin Engelbrecht, The Northern Echo, 30 October 2019

    They were supported by a strong ensemble of singers who will surely go on to greater future recognition, especially […] Samantha Clarke’s Musetta.

    Melanie Eskenazi, Music OMH, 22 October 2019

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    11 Jul 19 GEORGIANA
    Buxton Festival

    In the title role was the soprano, Samantha Clarke, who produced a sparkling performance, in what was an energetic, lively performance, one that captured Georgiana’s magnetic personality.

    Making a grand entrance, she quickly established herself as the center of attention.

    Clarke’s bright voice, with its silvery tone and strong upper register delighted, and combined with her embellishments to capture the superficiality of the scene.

    Yet, her portrayal was not one dimensional, it was not all froth and glitz. Georgiana suffers at the hands of her hypocritical philandering husband, she is forced to give up her illegitimate child, is chased by a blackmailer for money, and eventually realizes she is dying. Clarke’s versatile acting and singing brought out her pain and fears.

    Her singing carefully molded to express her entangled emotions in a dramatically convincing scene.

    Alan Neilson, Opera Wire, 15 July 2019

    The singing throughout was top notch, and especially by Samantha Clarke as Georgiana[…]

    Christopher Gray, The Oxford Times, 11 July


Little Women (Beth)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena)


Messe Solennelle

Theodora (Theodora)

Nelson Mass

Hansel und Gretel (Hansel)

Georgiana (Georgiana)

The Consul (Anna Gomez)

Cosi fan tutte (Fiordiligi)
Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira)
Le Nozze di Figaro (Countess)
Die Zauberflöte (Pamina and First Lady)


La Bohème (Musetta)

Rake’s Progress (Anne Trulove)

Serenade to Music