Biography

Clare is currently appearing as a Vocal Mentor in the television series The Naked Choir TVNZ1.

Born in New Zealand, Clare gained a Bachelor of Music at Victoria University before studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, UK and a scholarship to the National Opera Studio in London.

She has worked with conductors from Glyndebourne Opera, English National Opera and has sung with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Her opera roles include: Donna Elvira (Mozart’s Don Giovanni), Elisabetta (Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux), Fiordiligi (Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte), Contessa (Mozart’s La Nozze di Figaro), Elvira (Verdi’s Ernani), Leila (Pearl Fishers) and Abigaille from Verdi’s Nabucco:

“Clara Martin (Abigaille) has an outstanding voice, especially effective in the coloratura passages…” Opera Magazine (UK)

Clare has performed as an opera, recital and oratorio artist in UK and NZ most notably the Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank, London.  In NZ she has performed with NZ Opera Company and with the NZ Symphony Orchestra.  She has been a concert recitalist and a recording artist.  Latterly she has moved into other repertoire, performing in a jazz duo Whisky&Cream and appearing as a vocalist with the group Imperfect Offering in sell-out events.

Since 1996 Clare has been teaching singing, first in the UK and then returning to NZ.  This has included extra teaching at the Royal Northern College of Music, private teaching in Manchester, for West End singers in London, Guildford and Auckland. Since 2008 she has been based in Auckland New Zealand teaching singing from her own music studio, working with a wide range of mainly adult singers, performers and actors.

Clare has worked as a consultant for choral groups, providing vocal tuition for corporate team-building events and running workshops.  In 2016, she began leading her own vocal ensemble, performing in concerts in Auckland.  In 2017 she became the singing teacher for Massey High School, preparing students for NCEA Music also leading a vocal ensemble. She is on the council for the NZ Association of Singing Teachers.

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