Role(s) in this year's festival:
1st Lady: The Arctic Flute
Soprano 1- Sophie: Master Class
How are you preparing for NUOVA's program?
- I have always been a person who learns music rather quickly. The downfall of this is that I tend to spend less time making sure that the music is learned slowly enough to feel good in my body. My preparation work for NUOVA this year involves a lot of slow learning, making sure that I pay close attention to how each phrase (and sometimes each individual note) really feels. This process is very helpful in other ways as well; spending so much detailed time with the music helps solidify dramatic choices that are in the score!
What attracts you to NUOVA's program? Why this year?
I feel that it is so important for any young aspiring singer to have a good sense of what they’re getting themselves into with regards to their chosen career path. NUOVA’s program is a way to fully immerse yourself in music for six weeks, focusing on various aspects of one’s personal development. I chose to do NUOVA this year because I believe I’m at the point where I’m ready to experience the vast amount of time and effort it takes to be successful in the performing arts world.
Sydney Clarke is a versatile and promising new soprano on the classical music scene. This soprano is a graduate of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music (GGS) in Toronto, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Vocal Performance at the University of Manitoba, at the Desautel Faculty of Music under the tutelage of Tracy Dahl.
This summer Sydney performed the role of ELETTRA in Manitoba Underground Opera’s (MUO) production of Idomeneo by Mozart. She was also the soloist for MTS Rising Stars’ performance of Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Sydney has performed as a chorus member for Opera Atelier’s 2016 production of Mozart’s Lucio Silla at the Elgin Theatre.
Some of Sydney’s upcoming performances include the soprano soloist for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s staged production of Carmina Burana, and singing the role of Donna Anna in MUO’s upcoming production of Don Giovanni by Mozart.
Sydney currently holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Music from Thompson Rivers University in association with GGS.