Adrian Clarke

Professorial staff - Voice


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Music
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
SE10 9JF

Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4444


Area of Work

Music, Musical Theatre


Adrian studied at the Royal College of Music with Freddie Sharpe and Edgar Evans, winning the Someren-Godfrey English Song Competition, gaining the ARCM (perfs). He went on to study at the London Opera Centre gaining a Vaughan Williams Scholarship. 

Adrian has a very busy performing career, singing principal baritone roles with all of the major UK opera companies, including Opera North, (Rossini's The Thieving Magpie, Martinů's Julietta, Britten's Billy Budd), Scottish Opera (Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos), Glyndebourne (Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades), Welsh National Opera (Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier) and Royal Opera, Covent Garden (Strauss' Die Frau ohne Schatten, Britten's Billy Budd, Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, Puccini's La fanciulla del West, Bizet's Carmen, Giordano's Andrea Chénier, Verdi's La traviata).

Internationally he has sung in Venice, Ravenna, Cagliari, Prague, Brno, Salzburg, Ruhrtriennale, Teatr Wielki Warsaw, Danish Royal Opera, and has been a regular visitor to the Bregenzer Festspiele, (Martinů's A Greek Passion, Rimsky-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel, Puccini's La bohème and Tosca, Giordano's Andrea Chénier, Weir's Blond Eckbert, Bizet's Carmen, Seglias' To the Lighthouse) His concert schedule has taken him to most of the cathedrals in England, performing such works as Carmina BuranaElijah and The Messiah. Apart from his operatic and concert career, he has sung on film backing tracks and in commercials and appeared as a support singer in various West End musical theatre performances.

Creative Output


John Casken's Golem, Gerald Barry's The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit, Gerhard's The Duenna, Puccini's La bohème, and Martinů's A Greek Passion, Maxwell Davies's Mr Emmet takes a Walk, Berlioz's Les Troyens, Maw's Sophie’s Choice and Tchaikovsky's The Merchant of Venice.

Television Broadcasts

Giordano's Andrea Chénier, Puccini's La bohème, Britten's Billy Budd and Bizet's Carmen.

Whilst studying, Adrian worked with great artists of the day, such as Pierre Bernac and Tito Gobbi, and in the profession, he has been privileged to work alongside many of the great directors of our time, including David Pountney, David McVicar and Keith Warner, and the greatest artists of our generation, including Bryn Terfel and Jonas Kaufmann.

Adrian's goal with BMus students is to impart a balanced technical foundation, based on the principles of bel canto, good support, and lyricism, as well as first-hand advice on the current profession. With Musical Theatre students, the same basic principles apply, albeit adjusted to the differing requirements and techniques required in their branch of the profession. Apart from his work at Trinity Laban, he is an external examiner with Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music.