Hailed by Gramaphone as a “singer to be watched” Rodney Earl Clarke is recognized for his versatility ranging from Bach, Handel and Mozart to Jonathan Dove, Dominique le Gendre and Errolyn Wallen. He has participated in television projects for the BBC and Channel Four including the award winning BBC Flashmob: The Opera and recently as a special guest for BBC Four coverage of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis Prom 2011. He featured in English National Opera’s award-winning production of Bernstein’s On the Town directed by Jude Kelly and appeared as An Officer in Kenneth Branagh’s epic film version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
Other highlights include the premier of One Sun One World by Peter Rose and Anne Conlon at the Royal Albert Hall, the Broadway Sound Prom with the John Wilson Orchestra and debut with the Berlin Philharmonic as Jake in Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle.
On the concert platform he 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 studied singing with Professor Mark Wildman at 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.