Emerging Artist Profile:
Zoe Clarke



Young Artist Program - Singer Voice Type: Lyric mezzo soprano
Province/Territory: Ontario
City: Fergus

Role(s) in this year's festival:

Puck and Fairy 2: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Soloist: The Fairy Queen

Chorus: Kiss Me, Kate


How are you preparing for NUOVA’s program?

  • To prepare for NUOVA's program, I am doing my best to get my voice in the best possible shape and placement before leaving my undergrad at Queen’s University. I spend probably 80% of my waking life thinking about vocal technique, and hope that this will contribute to a vocal quality that will represent the amount of work that I am spending on it. After my final recital, I plan to disappear into the scores of NUOVA's operas and arrive ready for anything!

What attracts you to NUOVA’s programs? Why this year?

  • I am attracted to NUOVA's programs because of how hard they work to develop you as a well-rounded artist, and push you to prepare for the professional world. This year I am leaving my little bubble of school, and this is exactly the sort of experience that I believe will serve as a stepping stone into finding work in the city. The intense schedule of working and training also appeals greatly to me, as I am all for the go, go, go!

Artist Bio

ZOE CLARKE – Lyric mezzo soprano; Fergus, Ontario

-Education: BScH in Biology & Arts minor in voice, Queen’s University

-Mentors: My incredible teacher, Colleen Renihan, and my first teacher, Janna Pardy, who never let me forget that music is something to love and be excited about

-Dream roles: Charlotte from “Werther” so that I can have a dramatic and juicy “duet” with a French horn

-Upcoming engagements: Ruggero Leoncavallo’s La Bohème – Institut Canadien D’Art Vocal’s International Voice and Opera Intensive Summer Program