If you love opera and don’t yet know the name Samantha Clarke, you soon will. 

The British-Australian soprano is a rapidly rising star and is about to make her Opera Australia debut as Violetta in Sarah Giles’ feminist-leaning production of La traviata, which opens at the Sydney Opera House on New Year’s Eve – a role she played at West Australian Opera in October 2022.

Samantha Clarke

Samantha Clarke. Photo © Benjamin Ealovega

Other recent credits include Woglinde in Das Rheingold in Concert for Sydney Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Simone Young, as well as Marzelline in Fidelio and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, also for SSO. She also performed in Barrie Kosky’s production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel at the 2022 Adelaide Festival.

With a shining, bell-like soprano complemented by an exuberant stage presence and intuitive acting skills, Clarke is increasingly in demand. Australian audiences will have plenty of opportunity to see her in action in 2024. Not only will she play Violetta for OA, but also the title role in Handel’s Theodora, presented in concert by OA and Pinchgut Opera in February.