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Henley Festival
8-12thJuly 2020

Rosemary Clifford

Described as “superb” (Opera Wire), “consistently excellent” (Ham & High), and commended for her “beautifully sung” roles (Evening Standard), British mezzo-soprano Rosemary Clifford gained a first-class degree in English Literature from the University of Bristol before postgraduate vocal training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, from which she graduated with distinction. She has gone on to develop a hugely versatile career, equally at home in the worlds of opera, oratorio and choral music, winning plaudits for her exceptional musicianship and ability to engage audiences.

Her operatic repertoire includes roles for Wexford Festival Opera, Grange Park Opera, Northern Opera Group and Surrey Opera amongst many others. She made her Royal Albert Hall solo debut with the Really Big Chorus, singing Handel’s Messiah, and is in high demand as an oratorio soloist across the country. Rosemary won the Opera Prelude Singers’ Prize 2018, has taken part in the Monteverdi Choir apprentice scheme, and is a current Live Music Now artist.

Plans for 2019 include making her debut with Merry Opera in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, and rejoining the Monteverdi Choir for their European tours of Handel's Semeleand Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini.

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