French soprano Clara Barbier Serrano is studying at the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio with Alison Wells. She is the first recipient of the Andrea Bocelli Foundation – Community Jameel Scholarship.
While completing a Bachelors degree at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig, Clara developed a rich and diversified Lied and concert repertoire, and sang with the Ensemble 1684, the Staatskapelle Halle, and pianists Eric Schneider and Alexander Schmalcz. She gave recitals at the Schumannhaus Leipzig, Amsterdam Opera Foyer and the Peter de Grote Festival.
At the Leipzig Opera, she sang the roles of the 1. Knabe (Zauberflöte) and Taumännchen (Hänsel und Gretel), and as part of the Verbier Festival Academy in 2019 was Papagena under the baton of Stanislav Kochanovsky. Clara shared the stage with Andrea Bocelli for Christmas events in 2020, and looks forward to further performances together. At the Royal College of Music in 2021, she sings the Queen of the Night (Zauberflöte, postponed because of Covid-19) and Rodelinda (Händel).
Interdisciplinary projects and contemporary repertoire play an important part in her musical journey: she premiered the piece -O- by Fojan Garibnejad, and “Le Petit Prince”, a short opera by Nicholas Jackson. She is part of the dance and interdisciplinary artists company Juliette Rahon & Co for “La Dernière Sarabande”, a project mixing Bach music and contemporary dance. Next summer Clara will premier a short opera by Lucy Callen in London and “LICHT”, an interactive staged concert with works by Crumb, Purcell and electronics.
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