Olivia Clarke smiling to camera

Olivia Clarke

ENO Mackerras Conducting Fellow

British/Irish conductor Olivia Clarke is the current English National Opera Mackerras Fellow and is an Assistant Conductor at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Clarke recently jumped in at Cadogan Hall to conduct ENO Orchestra in an opera gala concert with National Opera Studio:  “Among the rising stars at this showcase, none shone more brightly than the one who waved the baton“, Opera Magazine 2022.

Currently for ENO: Akhnaten

Previously for ENO: Cunning Little Vixen, Concert with the ENO Orchestra at St Martin-in-the-fields.

This season Olivia Clarke is looking forward to making her conducting debuts with the Philharmonia and Opéra de Rouen Normandie.

Photo credit: Rebecca Need-Menear

Career Highlights

After conducting a performance of their new Fidelio production in 2021, Olivia Clarke recently returned to Glyndebourne to conduct multiple performances of La Bohème on their autumn tour. During the summer Clarke conducted Donizetti‘s Rita and Wolf-Ferrari‘s il segreto di Susana in IF opera‘s inaugural season and was part of the musical staff of the Longborough Festival Opera. Coming out of the British lockdown she conducted the Southbank Sinfonia in one of the first concerts with an audience at St. John Smith’s Square.

A recipient of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst scholarship for her conducting studies, Olivia Clarke trained at the International Conducting Academy Berlin, Universität der Künste, graduating in 2020. Before moving to Berlin, Olivia 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. Olivia is represented worldwide by Keynote Artist Management.

Last updated: 28th April 2023