Samantha Clarke

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Keiron Cooke

Keiron Cooke

Associate Director


Worldwide general management with Askonas Holt

About Samantha

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 (La traviata), Pinchgut Opera in the title role of Theodora, with Garsington Opera as Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro) and with the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy as Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte).

In concert, she tours the USA and Canada in a Bach and Handel programme with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, 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 Violetta for the West Australian Opera; Fiordiligi for Opera Queensland and the Grange Festival; Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for the Grange Festival; Musetta (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.

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Worldwide general management with Askonas Holt

Season Highlights

Mar 2024
ROHM Theatre Kyoto
Seiji Ozawa Academy Mozart Cosi fan tutte (Fiordiligi) Diego Matheuz (conductor)
Apr 2024
Hamer Hall
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Baroque arias Erin Helyard (conductor)
May 2024 - Jul 2024
Garsington Opera
Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro (Countess) Rafael Fingerlos (conductor)


Selected Repertoire

BeethovenSymphony No. 9
MahlerSymphony No. 2   •   Symphony No. 4


  • Le nozze di Figaro (Countess)

    May 2024 - Jul 2024
    • Samantha Clarke is undoubtedly the star of the show as the Countess, with the impressive dignity and control of her singing, especially in ‘Dove sono’

    • Clarke, definitely a name to watch out for, beautifully captures the majesty of a dignified, desolate figure, taking us with her as she moves from despair to resolution. Her presence on stage is aided by magnificent outfits (design by Robert Perdziola), from a sweeping pink dressing gown in Act 2, to a shimmering deep red shot silk dress in Act 3, to a sumptuous red and gold evening dress in her dramatic appearance in the midnight garden scene at the end of the opera.

    • As the Countess, Samantha Clarke sang a drop-dead gorgeous 'Porgi amor', accompanied by birdsong and warbling clarinets, while 'Dove sono' was no less beautiful, taken at a flowing pace with a seamless legato. She was alert in her recits too, ensuring lines like 'I’m not that girl any more!' really hit home.

    • Samantha Clarke as Countess Almaviva is wonderful. Her graceful soaring voice sails through the Countess’ showpiece arias. Clarke’s volume control is artful. Before the crescendos in her Act III aria “Dove sono”, Clarke would diminuendo slightly before surging upwards with full force. This adds a vast dynamic range and each one hits like thunder.