Australian/British soprano Samantha Clarke is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and a Tait Memorial Trust Scholar
In the 2023/24 season Samantha makes debuts with Opera Australia as Violetta in La traviata, Pinchgut Opera in the title role of Theodora, with Garsington Opera as Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro and with the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte. In concert, she tours the USA and Canada in a Bach and Handel programme with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, she sings Woglinde in concert performances of Das Rheingold with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra/Simone Young, performs a programme of Baroque arias with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Erin Helyard and appears at London’s Wigmore Hall with The Mozartists/Ian Page.
Recent highlights have included La traviata for the West Australian Opera; Fiordiligi for Opera Queensland and the Grange Festival; Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Grange Festival; Musetta in La bohème for Opera North; the title role in the Buxton Festival’s award-winning pasticcio Georgiana; Marzelline in concert performances of Fidelio with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra/Simone Young and the title role in The Golden Cockerel for the Adelaide Festival.
Samantha was the recipient of an Independent Opera Voice Scholarship in 2016 and a Voice Fellowship in 2019, and she won the 2019 Guildhall Gold Medal and 2nd Prize and the Audience Prize in the 2019 Grange Festival International Singing Competition. Her previous awards have included the 2017 RNCM Gold Medal, the Nora Goodridge Developing Artist Award, the Dame Eva Turner Award and the Michael and Joyce Kennedy Award for the Singing of Strauss. She is supported by the Australian Music Foundation.