Congratulations to soprano Samantha Clarke who won the prestigious Guildhall Gold Medal on Friday evening at the Barbican. The award was presented by Sir Bryn Terfel, himself a winner of the title, who was joined on the jury by Jonathan Vaughan, Richard Farnes, Kevin Murphy and Ann Murray DBE.
Samantha was accompanied by pianist Michael Pandya in a wonderfully varied programmes featuring Strauss’ Das Rosenband and Schlechtes Wetter, followed by Poulenc’s Fleurs and Violin, Copland’s The little horses and Rachmaninov Vesennie vody. The second half of the concert saw Samantha accompanied by The Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Richard Farnes, in ‘Come Scoglio’ from Mozart’s Così fan tutte, ‘Quando me’n vo’ from Puccini’s La bohème and finishing with a sensational performance of ‘No word from Tom. I go to him.’ from Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.
This fantastic achievement marks the end of Samantha’s time at the Guildhall and leads into her appearance as Georgiana in the world premiere of Georgiana at the Buxton International Festival, her debut at Opera North as Musetta and her debut with the Munchner Rundfunkorchester.
Congratulations to Samantha!
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