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FLIGHT at RCM London

In the final phase of the production for Flight by Jonathan Dove.
I will be “Controller” on June 28th and July 2nd and 4th.

“Acclaimed director Jeremy Sams presents a new production of Jonathan Dove’s breakthrough opera – a portrait of the human experience in the least likely of operatic settings.
Stand by for take off with the RCM Opera Studio as they perform this witty contemporary work, inspired by the true-life story of an Iranian refugee who lived at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, for 18 years.”

Michael Rosewell conductor
Jeremy Sams director
Nicky Shaw designer
James Whiteside lighting designer

Jonathan Dove Flight
April de Angelis Libretto

Travel time

On the road between Brussels to sing songs by Schubert and Strauss, Cuneo (IT), where I sang for an event of the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and festival Collisioni, and Neuchâtel where we will sing Haydn’s Schöpfung in the weekend.

I feel so grateful for the people I meet, the lands I see, the confort of European trains, the free wifi in most cities.
For Italian food (!!!), the alps, the sun.

A lot of exciting music coming my way, check out my talented friends and join us if you can:

  • Schöpfung in Neuch’
  • FLIGHT with the RCM production
  • Exams of fellow students/not-so-students anymore cellist Bertille Mas, pianists Alessio Enea and Matthias de Smet (look for them, they are wonderful)
  • Recital with Bradley Wood and James Atkinson in Aldeburgh
  • Irish-French project with Sax player Robert Finegan and Tia Ling

    … There is more of course. But first I need to learn all the music!

Love,

Clara

Queen of the Night for Oxford Opera Company

This production at the Oxford Playhouse was such a joy. Children on stage, lovely colleagues and amazing singers, all in English !

You can watch the whole performance here for a week:
https://youtu.be/5NSlVaTP_v4

Here are reviews with more information.
https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/20032148.oxford-opera-company-return-stage-weekend/
https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/review-uniformly-excellent-what-a-joyful-evening-please-go-oxford-opera-companys-magic-flute-at-oxford-playhouse/

Oxford Opera Company needs your support and is such a wonderful initiative. https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/SupportOxfordOpera

Oxford Lieder Young Artists 2022-2023

Pianist Joanna Kacperek and I have been selected as a duo to take part in the Oxford Lieder YAP for next season. We are looking forward to playing many songs, curating programs, taking part in masterclasses and concerts in Oxford next season!

More infos here

Hänsel und Gretel at the Royal College of Music

I’ll be singing the Dew Fairy in the next production of the RCM. We’re enjoying the rehearsals and are looking forward to seeing you there on 14/16/18/19 March!

Michael Rosewell conductor 
Stephen Barlow director
Yannis Thavoris designer 
Rory Beaton lighting designer

More infos and tickets here: https://www.rcm.ac.uk/events/festival-details/?id=RCM%20Opera


Highlights of the concert on Saturday, January 22nd in the new art center Havy Jameel in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Such an honour to sing this opera “best-of”, as well as some surprise songs… (see the last part of the video! 😉 )
Thank you to pianist Daniele Ciminiello and Havy Jameel, as well as Community Jameel and the Andrea Bocelli Foundation for their support since the beginning of my studies in London.

Concert with Andrea Bocelli in Maraya Concert Hall, Al Ula, Saudi Arabia

What an incredible experience it was, on last Friday in Al Ula! Here are a few pictures. On the next day I also did a recital with several opera arias in Jeddah at the Havy Jameel Art center.
So grateful for all the discoveries and the people I met! More photos/videos to come soon.

Award-winning concert hall made of mirrors
https://www.experiencealula.com/en/alula-moments

Watch the Magic Flute on Opera Vision!

Following this link, you can watch our entire production of the Magic Flute, filmed on November 24th, 2021.

–> https://operavision.eu/en/library/performances/operas/magic-flute-royal-college-music#

Also, Happy New Year to everyone!

Queen of the Night at RCM London

Book your tickets for this production which will surprise you, make you laugh and offer a new approach of this masterpiece.
Tickets on the RCM Website for the performances on 20, 22 and 24th of November. See you there!

Michael Rosewell conductor
Polly Graham director
Louise Bakker associate director
Rosie Elnile designer
Hazel Low co-designer
Tim Mitchell lighting designer

The Spiritual in Song


Recital with Mediha Khan at the Bloomsbury Festival, songs by Debussy, Schönberg, Barber

Concert live on Youtube on October 22nd, 13:00 (London time), 14:00 (CET):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFY4hb_b8dk

Händel’s Rodelinda at the RCM Opera Studio

Last Summer at the Royal College of Music our production of “Rodelinda” was filmed in the Britten Theatre. Playing and singing this incredible main character was challenging and wonderful. I hope you enjoy the show: full performance available on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHaIROg_Q1g

“Rodelinda” G.F. Händel
Musical direction: Michael Rosewell
Stage direction: Jo Davies

With Hugh Cutting, Michael Bell, Emma Roberts, Mikhail Biryukov, Tom Lilburn, Denira Coleman and in the other cast Jessica Cale, Edward Jowle, Maria Hegele

“La dernière Sarabande” on Early Music Day!

🎵Our Music Dance performance was chosen to be part of the Early Music Day 2021. Meet us on Sunday the 21th at 6pm to watch our online performance here:

https://www.leonardfreymaibach.com
https://www.earlymusicday.eu/fr/edition-2021/

Wonderful articles to read more about my last experiences with Andrea Bocelli in Italy, how I feel about the pandemic, and a bit about my travelling life.
Follow these links:

Forbes “A surprise guest at the Andrea Bocelli Christmas concert”

Opera Wire “Q & A: Clara Barbier Serrano on Performing with Andrea Bocelli”

Appearing on Andrea Bocelli’s Christmas concert in Teatro Regio di Parma

The Andrea Bocelli foundation and Community Jameel are co-funding my scholarship at the Royal College of Music in London. This came up as a surprise, I am a bit overwhelmed and very grateful for this exciting opportunity. It will be an honour to perform a piece with Andrea Bocelli next week in Parma!
You can buy tickets here.

Opera Scenes: Separation and Reconciliation
First performance at the Royal College of Music in London

On the 27th and 28th of November 2020, Opera Scenes of the RCM Opera Studio will be broadcasted as a Youtube and Facebook Première. They will then stay online for the next 12 months. More on the RCM Website.
Direct links to the youtube videos:
Opera Scenes 1//Opera Scenes 2
I will be performing extracts of Amore in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Helena in Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, and am feeling very lucky to be surrounded with such a great time and fantastic performers!

“La dernière Sarabande – ou l’obsolescence programmée” with Juliette Rahon&Co

Livestreamed Premiere on the 25th of November in Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig

it is still possible to see this wonderful, engaged and poetical show with Juliette Rahon & Co. You will hear music by J.S. Bach and see dancers and musicians interact, thematising climate change and the issues of our (not too perfect) world. I had a wonderful time working on this project which is very close to my heart. Find more informations and tickets on

Juliette Rahon&Co Website

Photo ©zenna.de

Le Petit Prince

Dessine moi un mouton… We’ve been busy rehearsing, recording and filming this show at Drapers Hall a few weeks ago. I was glad to sing the role of the little prince in this new short opera by Nicholas Jackson. The team was fantastic with Lily Dyble as stage director, Bradley Wood as musical director, Michael Bell (a colleague of mine at the RCM Opera studio), Matthew Freeman and his daughter Evelyn. All with social distancing, I am so happy that this could take place before the official “second lockdown”. Reserve tickets here for November 19th!

(free with possible donation, all funds raised are going to the RCMs hardship fund)
–> https://www.tickettailor.com/events/draperscompany/446113

First recipient of the Andrea Bocelli Foundation- Community Jameel Scholarship

Clara will be part of the Opera Studio of the Royal College of Music in London from September 2020

Article on the Royal College of Music website

On Operawire

Photo by @Sofia Pinto