Clara Barbier Serrano
French soprano Clara Barbier Serrano is currently an Oxford Lieder Young Artist, part of the Académie Jaroussky’s ‘Jeunes Talents’ scheme, as well as follows an Artist Diploma in contemporary music and creation at the Conservatoire de Paris. She graduated from the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio in 2022 with Alison Wells, where she received the first Andrea Bocelli Foundation – Community Jameel Scholarship. She completed her Bachelor in vocal performance at the Hochschule für Musik in Leipzig.
Her opera roles include Taumännchen (Oper Leipzig and RCM Opera Studio), Papagena (Verbier Festival Academy), Rodelinda (RCM), Queen of the Night (RCM, Oxford Opera Company), Controller (RCM, Jonathan Dove’s Flight), Olympia (Theatre du Passage, Neuchâtel).
Her passion for art song led her to perform numerous recitals in venues such as the Amsterdam Opera Foyer, the Life Victoria Barcelona festival, Oxford Lieder, Britten Pears festival, Schumannhaus Leipzig, Peter de Grote festival, Bloomsbury Festival, London Song Festival.
Clara also shared the stage with Andrea Bocelli for several events since 2020, including performances at the Teatro Regio in Parma, Teatro del Silenzio, Sferisterio in Macerata.
Born in Montpellier, Clara played the violin, and studied music theory and languages before specialising in singing. She won the 3rd prize at the Concours de Béziers, the Vrienden van het Lied award in the International Lied Duo competition and 2nd prize of the Lies Askonas competition.
Interdisciplinary projects and contemporary repertoire play an important part in her musical journey: she premiered several works including pieces by Fojan Garibnejad, Rhona Clarke, Lise Borel, and is part of the dance and interdisciplinary artists company Juliette Rahon & Co for “La Dernière Sarabande”, a project mixing Bach music and contemporary dance. She always has ongoing creative projects and programmes, most recently Pierrot XXI, a performance of Pierrot Lunaire at random order led by Tarot Cards.