We look forward to having the pleasure of Clara singing for our Welcome to 2023 Service in January 2023.
With musical roots as a young singer and organist in Paris, Franco-Scottish soprano Clara Orif has recently graduated from a masters at the Royal Academy of Music in 2022. Here, she was the winner of the Richard Lewis / Jean Shanks Award, and the Isabel Jay prize. Having now joined the Royal Academy Opera, she studies with Mary Nelson, James Baillieu and Jonathan Papp. In Academy opera productions, Clara has performed the roles of Adina, Marie, and Armida, and will be performing the role of Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro. She is now working with the English Touring Opera on their Handelfest productions of Tamerleno and Agrippina.
On the concert stage, Clara has been collaborating since 2020 with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Chorus as a soloist in their productions of Fauré’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and next year in Haydn’s Nelson Mass. She made her London solo recital debut in 2022 in the Blackheath Halls with pianist James Cheung, following a masterclass with Christian Gerhaher. Clara and James have since performed together at the Chipping Camden Music Festival. Clara is now an Oxford Lieder Emerging Artist and is supported by the London Women’s Clinic Foundation Award.