Olivia Clarke - Credit Rebecca Need-Menear

Olivia Clarke

ENO Mackerras Conducting Fellow

British/Irish conductor Olivia Clarke works across opera and orchestral music. She has most recently worked at English National Opera conducting Finish this!, an educational project for ENO Baylis, and assisting Martyn Brabbins for La bohème. Clarke is currently the ENO Mackerras Fellow, where she is on a bespoke, 2 year conducting fellowship supported by the Philip Loubser Foundation, mentored by Martyn Brabbins. Clarke is forging a career specialising in late 19th/early 20th Century German repertoire, including Wagner, R. Strauss and Berg. Her conducting concentrates on carrying organic, bass-led, round sound with strength and clarity.


Photo credit: Rebecca Need-Menear

Career Highlights

A recipient of the DAAD (Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst) scholarship for her conducting studies, Clarke trained at the International Conducting Academy Berlin, Universität der Künste, graduating in 2020. During her studies Clarke conducted in concerts with the Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, Hradec Králové Philharmonie, Magdeburgische Philharmonie, and Brandenburger Symphoniker, who invited her back as Guest Conductor. She also conducted in masterclasses with the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester, Bochum Symphoniker, Komische Oper, and Kammerakademie Potsdam. Clarke has also recently conducted her first ‘jump-in’ performance, Léhar’s Der Zarewitsch at Nordharzerstädtebundtheater.

Before moving to Berlin, Clarke completed her Masters in singing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Clarke is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists and completed her Bachelors in Music with an Organ Scholarship at the Queen’s College, University of Oxford.

Last updated: 28th January 2022