Middlesbrough born Soprano, Clare Tunney, is an international Opera singer, specialising in German repertoire. She was a member of the Opernstudio at Staatsoper Stuttgart, where she performed roles such as Pamina, Erste Dame and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Helmwige in Die Walküre and Mutter in Hänsel und Gretel. She previously trained for 7 years at The Royal Academy of Music where she was a member of the prestigious Royal Academy Opera. 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 United Kingdom.
"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
Clare's operatic roles include Iolanta in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta (Royal Academy Opera), Mimi in Puccini's La Boheme (Westminster Opera Company), Helmwige in Die Walküre (Staatsoper Stuttgart, Dortmund Oper), Mutter in Hänsel und Gretel (Staatsoper Stuttgart, Oper Frankfurt), Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte (Ryedale Festival Opera), Nina in Massenet's Cherubin, Erste Dame Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, 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).
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 placed 2nd in The Pavarotti Prize at RAM. She was a semi-finalist in the International Elizabeth Connel Prize for Young Dramatic Sopranos, 2019. Other awards include Sybil Tutton Opera award from Help Musicians UK, 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.