Clare Tunney

Award: Sybil Tutton Award

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Voice

Location: Royal Academy of Music


Middlesbrough born Soprano, Clare Tunney, has been a Scholarship Student at The Royal Academy of Music for 5 years and is now a member of ‘Royal Academy Opera’ where she studies with Nuccia Focile and Caitlin Hulcup. She is also a member of the Academy’s prestigious group, ‘Song Circle’. She has been a Soprano soloist for many works such as Verdi Requiem (Romsey and Hexham Abbey and Guildford Cathedral), Haydn Creation (Durham Cathedral), Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, Dvorak Stabat Mater, Beethoven Symphony No.9, Mahler Symphony No.4, Brahms Requiem, Mendelssohn Elijah, Poulenc Stabat Mater, Faure Requiem, Duruflé Requiem, Rutter Requiem, Schubert Mass in G, Britten Ceremony of Carols and Rejoice in the Lamb, Mozart Missa Brevis in D major and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Vivaldi Gloria and Goodhalls Eternal Light. Her operatic roles to date include 'Lady Billows' in Britten’s Albert Herring (Samling Academy Foundation), ‘Arminda’ in Mozart’s La finta Giardiniera (Ryedale Festival Opera), 'Grizette' and Cover 'Valencienne' in Lehár’s The Merry Widow (Ryedale Festival Opera), ‘Smith/Chorus’ in Weill’s Die Dreigroschenoper (Royal Academy Opera), 'Cherubino' in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, 'Dido' in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, 'Mrs Sem' in Britten’s Noyes Fludde and 'Fitzwalter' in Harrison's The Great Charter (commissioned by Durham Cathedral for the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta). She was also a chorus member in Royal Academy Opera's production of Offenbach’s Orpheus aux Enfers and Handel's Ariodante. Clare is currently performing as ‘Fiordiligi’ in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte with Ryedale Festival Operas 2018-19 season.
In 2017, having competed through multiple rounds, Clare won 1st prize in the prestigious ‘National Mozart Competition’ and was also awarded the Art Song Prize for her performance in the Semi-Finals. She also came 3rd in London Song Festivals English Song Masterclass with Sir Thomas Allen, placed 2nd in ‘The Isabel Jay Operatic Prize’ at the Royal Academy of Music (2016 and 2017) and was a finalist in the Richard Lewis Award 2018. Clare has performed in masterclasses with many esteemed artists including Susan Bullock and Ermonela Jaho and participated in the first 'Samling Academy ' in 2012 and again in 2013. In a masterclass with Ann Murray DBE, she was awarded the 'Inaugural Award of the Guildford Spring Music Festival Bursary' for the most promising singer. At the Royal Academy of Music, Clare was awarded the Arthur Burcher Memorial Prize, The John McAslan Prize and represented the Academy in the 'Kathleen Ferrier Bursary Competition'. 
Clare is generously supported by Help Musicians UK (Sybil Tutton Award), The Drake Calleja Trust and The Royal Academy of Music (‘Sir Elton John’ and the ‘Toni V Fell’ scholarships). She would also like to thank The Royal Society of Musicians and The Josephine Baker Trust for their support.