Middlesbrough born, Clare Tunney, is a Soprano with Royal Academy Opera at The Royal Academy of Music, where she studies with Nuccia Focile, Mary Nelson and Jonathan Papp. She began singing with teacher Miranda Wright in Durham and studied Music at The Sage Gatesheads 'Young Musician Programme'. Clare has performed in Masterclasses with many esteemed artists including Sir Thomas Allen, Ann Murray DBE, Susan Bullock, Ermonela Jaho and was part of the first 'Samling Academy Foundation' in 2012 and again in 2013. She became a Geog Solti Accademia Scholar in 2019.


      She has been a Soprano soloist for many Oratorio works such as Verdi Requiem, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, Mendelsshon Elijah, Dvorak and Poulenc Stabat Mater, Brahms, Faure, Duruflé and Rutter Requiem's, Haydn Creation, Britten Ceremony of Carols and Rejoice in the Lamb, Mozart Mass in C minor (European Chamber Orchestra), Missa Brevis in D major and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore,  Schubert Mass in G, Vivaldi Gloria and Goodhalls Eternal Light, in venues such as Guildford Cathedral, Durham Cathedral, Ely Cathedral, Romsey Abbey, Hexham Abbey St Vitus Cathedral Prague and St John Smith Square.

She has also sang Mahler Symphony No.4 and Beethoven Symphony No.9 with multiple Orchestras across the country.


Clare's operatic roles to date include Iolanta in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta (Royal Academy Opera), Mimi in Puccini's La Boheme (Westminster Opera Company), Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte (Ryedale Festival Opera), Lady Billows in Albert Herring (Samling Academy Foundation), Arminda in La Finta Giardiniera (Ryedale Festival Opera), Foresters Wife in Cunning Little Vixen (Royal Academy Opera), Valencienne (cover) and Grizette in The Merry Widow (Ryedale Festival Opera), Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Smith in Die Dreigroschenoper (Royal Academy Opera) and Mrs Sem in Noyes Fludde. 

       In March 2017, Clare placed First in the National Mozart Competition and also won the Art Song Prize for her performance of 'Cecile' by Strauss and 'Chanson Triste' by Duparc in the Semi-Final. She was a semi-finalist in the International Elizabeth Connel Prize for Young Dramatic Sopranos, 2019. Other awards include 3rd place in London Festivals English Song Competition (Awarded by Sir Thomas Allen),  2nd place in the 'Isabel Jay Operatic Prize' at RAM (2016, 2017 and 2018), the 'Inaugural Award of the Guildford Spring Music Festival Bursary' for the most promising singer (Awarded by Ann Murray DBE), 'John McAslan Prize' and 'The Arthur Burcher Memorial Prize' from Academy which lead her to participating in The Kathleen Ferrier Bursary Competition in October 2014.

Clare is generously supported by The Royal Academy of Music, The Company of Fishmongers Award and The Josephine Baker Trust .

"Clare Tunney, whose roles have already included Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte) and Lady Billows (Albert Herring), has a substantial voice and was well able to support the role's requirement to produce endless streams of richly lyrical music... She also has an interesting voice, and really made you care about the character. This is important, as it is sometimes difficult to feel that Iolanta matters very much, yet here Tunney gripped us and made us really care for her plight."

- Robert Hugill 'Planet Hugill' - Iolanta 2019