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Royal Northern College of Music

Samantha Clarke Soprano

Recipient of Independent Opera Voice Scholarship 2016

Australian soprano Samantha Clarke is studying for an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma of Music (Classical Voice) in 2016/17 at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Mary Plazas. Samantha has recently completed an Intensive Masters of Music at RNCM as a Leverhulme Arts Scholar.  Whilst at the RNCM, Samantha has performed the role of Fiordiligi Cosi Fan Tutte and is a part of the RNCM songsters.

Born in the UK, Samantha grew up in South Africa and then Australia where she completed a Certificate II in Musical Theatre, a Bachelor of Music in Performance and a Postgraduate Diploma of Music under the tutelage of Patricia Price at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Whilst at WAAPA Samantha sang as the soloist in Poulenc's Gloria  as well as performing multiple roles including; Miranda The Tempest, Beth Little Women, Hansel Hansel and Gretel and the Femme Fatale Figure Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Samantha performed in the ensemble of Le Nozze di Figaro with Longborough Festival Opera as well as covering the role of the Countess in June/July 2016.

In 2014, Samantha was a featured soloist in the International Art Song Festival with Graham Johnson and was a ‘Top 5 Finalist’ in the prestigious IFAC Australian Singing Competition where she performed with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

Samantha has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Leverhulme Royal Northern College of Music Award, Phoebe Patrick Award, the Nelly Apt Scholarship, the Dame Eva Turner Award and the Christine Leaves Award. Most recently Samantha was awarded the Michael and Joyce Kennedy award for the singing of Strauss.