Rodney earl Clarke

Rodney earl Clarke

Baritone

Singer - Actor - Presenter
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2015Gershwin: Porgy and Bess suite from the operaBaritone
2015Handel: Messiah, HWV 56Bass Soloist
2000Gershwin: Porgy and BessJake
2000Gershwin: Porgy and BessCrown
2000Purcell: Dido and AeneasAeneas (Cover)
2000Gershwin: Porgy and BessPorgy
2000Bizet: CarmenEscamillo
2000Handel: Messiah, HWV 56Bass - arias
2000Mendelssohn: Elijah, Op. 70Elijah

Bio

Hailed by Gramophone as a &ldquosinger to be watched”, Rodney Earl Clarke is recognised for his versatility in performance. At home with the music of 1940-1960 Broadway, Rodney has appeared in many shows including Carmen Jones at the Royal Festival Hall, London, Kismet at the English National Opera, Jude Kelly's award winning production of Bernstein's On the Town, Kenneth Branagh's epic film version of Mozart's The Magic Flute, Sondheim’s 80th Birthday Celebration Prom, The Broadway Sound BBC Prom with the John Wilson Orchestra, Jake in Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle and Crown in Porgy & Bess under the direction of John Doyle with the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen. He also stars in Raymond Gubbay's popular show Crazy for Gershwin which recently toured the UK. Rodney travelled to Australia in 2014 where he performed songs from the Gershwin Songbook alongside Australian soprano Julie Lea Goodwin and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Boston Pops Orchestra conductor Keith Lockhart. He will be returning to Australia to perform the bass solos in Handel's Messiah at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Philharmonia under the baton of Brett Weymark and he will kick off 2016 with an arena tour of West End/Broadway hits concert with the Czech Philharmonic under the baton of Keith Lockhart. Rodney performs regularly with major orchestras and conductors with repertoire including Bernstein's Mass with London Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop, title role in Porgy and Bess with the Orchestra of Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome under Wayne Marshall and Jake in Porgy & Bess with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Rodney was delighted to join the BBC’s team of TV presenters in last year's Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Rodney remains grateful for the guidance and support shown from the Royal Academy of Music where he was awarded the Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Award 2001 and generously supported by the Sir Peter Moores Foundation. Rodney was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for his services and contributions to the music industry.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Gershwin: Porgy and Bess suite from the opera Baritone Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia 2015
Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 Bass Soloist Sydney Philharmonic 2015
Gershwin: Porgy and Bess Jake Berliner Philharmoniker 2000
Gershwin: Porgy and Bess Crown Royal Danish Opera (Det Kongelige Teater) 2000
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas Aeneas (Cover) Royal Opera House 2000