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Rodney Earl Clarke

Rodney has performed the baritone roles in all the Da Ponte/Mozart operas notably the title role in Don Giovanni. He particularly relishes the music of Benjamin Britten having performed the roles of the Ferryman, Elder Son and Azarias in a UK/Russia tour of Britten’s Church Parables under the direction of Frederic Wake-Walker and Roger Vignoles. Other highlights include his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra as Jake in Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle and his role debut as Crown inthe same opera in a production by The Royal Danish Opera, Copenhagen directed by John Doyle. Rodney performs regularly with major orchestras and conductors with repertoire including Bernstein’s Mass with London Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop, title role in Porgy and Bess with the Orchestra of Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome under Wayne Marshall and Jake in Porgy & Bess with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

Rodney demonstrates his versatility performing both contemporary music as well as early music. He premiered One Sun One World by Peter Rose and Anne Conlon at the Royal Albert Hall, featured as Polyphemus in Acis & Galatea in the BBC’s documentary of The Birth of British Music: Handel and Purcell series, made his Wigmore Hall debut with a recital of songs from Music To a Distant Drum by Kenneth Hesketh with Ensemble 10/10 and has performed Vaughan Williams Seranade to Music at Queen Elizabeth Hall under the baton of John Wilson, Bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah alongside Dame Emma Kirkby in Trondheim, Norway and appeared in Max Richter’s unique new chamber opera SUM at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden directed by Wayne McGregor. Rodney recently portrayed the role of Firefighter in Tansy Davies’ new opera Between Worlds for the English National Opera with librettist Nick Drake, director by Deborah Warner and conductor Gerry Cornelius at the Barbican Theatre.