Soprano

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, concerts with Classical Opera, The Governess The Turn of the Screw for the Linbury Theatre. Further future engagements include her house debut at the Festival d’opéra de Québec and a return to Classical Opera.

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Introduction

Australian / British soprano Samantha Clarke is a member of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama Opera School as a Baroness de Turckheim Scholar, Help Musicians, Tait Memorial and Countess of Munster Trust Scholar where she recently appeared as Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte.  She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Guildhall Gold Medal, 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 April.


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Performance Schedule

 
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    20:00 22 Nov 2019 Herz Jesu Kirche München, MUNICH

    JOHN RUTTER Requiem
    LEONARD BERNSTEIN Three Meditations from “Mass”

    Conductor: Anu Tali
    Soprano: Samantha Clarke
    Orchestra: Munchner Rundfunkorchester

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    19:30 09 Jan 2020 Wigmore Hall, LONDON

    CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK O del mio dolce ardor from Paride ed Elena
    CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK “Tutto qui mi sorprende… Le belle immagini” from Paride ed Elena
    FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN “Già si vede” from Le pescatrici
    JOHANN CHRISTIAN BACH “Guardami in volto” from Gioas, re di Giuda
    FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN “Caro Volpino amabile” from Lo speziale
    JOHANN CHRISTOPH BACH Sinfonia No.6 in G minor Op.6
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART “Se viver non degg’io” from Mitridate, re di Ponto

    Conductor: Ian Page
    Soprano: Samantha Clarke
    Mezzo-Soprano: Ida Ränzlöv

Press

 
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    22 Oct 19 PUCCINI La boheme
    Leeds

    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

Repertoire

ADAMO
Little Women (Beth)

BRITTEN
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena)

FAURE
Requiem

GOUNOD
Messe Solennelle

HANDEL
Messiah
Theodora (Theodora)

HAYDN
Nelson Mass

HUMPERDINCK
Hansel und Gretel (Hansel)

LINLEY;MARTIN Y SOLER;MOZART;PAISIELLO;STORACE
Georgiana (Georgiana)

MENOTTI
The Consul (Anna Gomez)

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

POULENC
Gloria

PUCCINI
La Bohème (Musetta)

STRAVINSKY
Rake’s Progress (Anne Trulove)

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Serenade to Music