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Royal Northern College of Music

Samantha Clarke Soprano

Recipient of Independent Opera Voice Scholarship 2016

Samantha is an Australian soprano 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 just 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 in Cosi Fan Tutte and played the title role in Handel’s Theodora at the RNCM in March 2017.

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).

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. In June 2016, Samantha was awarded the Michael & Joyce Kennedy award for the singing of Strauss and is an Independent Opera Scholar 2016/17. Most recently Samantha was runner up in the Clonter Opera Prize as well as the winner of the audience prize.

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. She is delighted to be returning to Longborough where she will give her professional debut as Pamina in The Magic Flute by Mozart in their 2017 season. After wrapping up at Longborough, Samantha will go straight into rehearsals with the British Youth Opera Company in which she will be performing the role of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni in September 2017. 

This biography was published in June 2017.