Olivia Clarke is a British/Irish conductor who grew up singing in churches and the Finchley Children’s Music Group, with whom she performed child roles at ENO and ROH. She went on to study Music at The Queen’s College, Oxford, as an organ scholar. She then studied singing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she first took up the baton, founding Fox Opera and studying with Jessica Cottis and Sian Edwards. She subsequently moved to Berlin to train under Steven Sloane at the International Conducting Academy, Universität der Künste.
Olivia has conducted concerts with Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, Magdeburgische Philharmonie, and Hrádec Králove Philharmonie, including Guest Conductor for Brandenburger Symphoniker. She has conducted in masterclasses with Theater Magdeburg, Staatstheater Cottbus, Deutsche Symphonie Orchester, Bochum Symphoniker, and participated on the Opera Course for Women Conductors, ROH/National Opera Studio/Royal Philharmonic Society.
Operatic work includes: as assistant conductor, L’heure espagnole, Angélique, La voix humaine (Universität der Künste); as conductor, Art of Venus (Music Troupe); Der Schauspieldirektor, Le docteur Miracle (Fox Opera); as assistant conductor/répétiteur, Die Zauberflöte (Oper oder Spree), as répétiteur, The Rake’s Progress (British Youth Opera).
Last updated: 29th July 2019