British/Irish conductor Olivia Clarke was born in London. Olivia has most recently worked

at English National Opera assisting Martyn Brabbins for La BohèmeOlivia was recently

announced as the new Mackerras Fellow at ENO, where she will enjoy a bespoke

Conducting fellowship supported by the Philip Loubser Foundation and mentored by Martyn

Brabbins until 2022. 

 

A recipient of the DAAD (Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst) scholarship for her

conducting studies, Olivia trained with Steven Sloane and Harry Curtis at the International

Conducting Academy Berlin, Universität der Künste, graduating in 2020. During her

studies Olivia conducted in concerts with the Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, Hradec

Králové Philharmonie, Magdeburgische Philharmonie, and Brandenburger Symphoniker,

who invited her back as Guest Conductor. Olivia also conducted in masterclasses with the 

Deutsche Symphonie Orchester, Bochum Symphoniker, Komische Oper, and

Kammerakademie Potsdam.

From 2018-2019 Olivia held the position of principal conductor of

Orchester Benjamin Franklin Berlin, an amateur orchestra performing biannual

concerts, with whom she was praised for her innovative programming. Olivia has recently

enjoyed her first 'jump-in' performance, where she conducted Léhar's Der Zarewitsch at 

Nordharzerstädtebundtheater. Olivia has also worked with Oper oder Spree as

Assistant Conductor/Repetiteur for Die Zauberflöte and was Assistant Conductor to

Errico Fresis for l’heure espagnole, Angélique, la voix humaine performed at Unit Theater, Universität der Künste. 

Before moving to Berlin, Olivia completed her Masters in singing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and read Music with

an Organ Scholarship at the Queen's College, University of Oxford. While living in Glasgow studying singing, Olivia turned her attention to conducting after participating in some masterclasses. Olivia then founded Fox Opera, a company for young professionals, with whom she conducted Der Schauspieldirekor and le docteur miracle. A keen performer of contemporary opera, Olivia conducted the Art of Venus Music Troupe for the London new opera festival Tête à Tête, and was Musical Director for The Beautiful Bridegroom by Shore performed at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

 

Olivia has studied conducting Sian Edwards and has taken part in masterclasses with Sir Roger Norrington, Alice Farnham, Jane Glover, Claire Gibault, Anthony Hermus, and Garry Walker.

Alongside conducting, Olivia has worked as a repetiteur, vocal coach, accompanist for singers, and continuo player and was a Repetiteur for British Youth Opera's 2018 production of The Rake's Progress. Olivia also enjoys a long-standing relationship with the Finchley Children's Music Group in London, a choir she was once a member of, and now teaches and conducts on their annual summer schools. Olivia is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists.

Olivia is currently mentored by Jennifer Spencer at IMG Artist Management. 

Olivia Clarke 2020