Australian/British soprano Samantha Clarke is the winner of the 2019 Guildhall Gold Medal and prize winner in the 2019 Grange International Festival Singing Competition. Samantha studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, as a Sir John Fisher Foundation and Independent Opera Scholar, under the tutelage of Mary Plazas.
In addition to the 2019 Guildhall Gold Medal, Samantha is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Leverhulme Royal Northern College of Music Award, the Dame Eva Turner Award and the Michael and Joyce Kennedy Award for the singing of Strauss.
Her operatic roles include: Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress), The Governess (The Turn of the Screw) and the title role in Theodora.
Recent and future engagements include Violetta (La traviata) with Opera Australia and West Australian Opera, Marzelline (Fidelio) and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Simone Young, Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte) at Grange Festival, her Proms debut in Mozart Requiem, Messiah and War Requiem with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in Tasmania.
Samantha features on the Resonus’ newly released album Samuel Barber: The Complete Songs with accompanist Dylan Perez.