Biography

 

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.  Since 2008 she has moved into other repertoire, performing in jazz groups and more recently with Imperfect Offering, a Leonard Cohen tribute band performing to full houses around the North Island.

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 from her own music studio, working with a wide range of singers and performers, professionals and beginners .

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 women’s ensemble, the Decibels, performing in concerts in Auckland.  In 2017 she became the singing teacher for Massey High School, preparing students for NCEA singing exams,  leading a vocal ensemble and coaching award-winning choir Sublimitas. Between 2016 and 2018 she was on the council for the NZ Association of Singing Teachers.

In 2017 Clare appeared on TVNZ1 as a vocal mentor in The Naked Choir television series profiling a cappella vocal groups competing for a top prize.

Workshopping with Embellished Chorus TVNZ1 The Naked Choir

Clare Martin performing with Imperfect Offering Q Theatre

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Performing with jazz duo Whisky and Cream

As Elisabetta in Donizetti’s opera Roberto Devereux

Recitalist at Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre London

 

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