Clare Hood is a coloratura soprano who recently completed postgraduate studies in Opera under Jane Irwin at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM).
At the RNCM, Clare sang principal roles in numerous fully staged operas and opera scenes. These include Madam Wanton (The Pilgrim’s Progress), Madame Lidoine (Dialogues des Carmelites), Die Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte), Countess Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw), Mademoiselle Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor), and Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus). Clare has also been privileged to take part in public masterclasses with Sir John Tomlinson, Amanda Roocroft, Susan Bullock CBE, and Sir Graham Vick; and to be selected for one of Opera North’s Residencies.
She graduated BMus (Hons) and MMus both with first class honours in classical voice performance from the University of Auckland School of Music, where she studied with Drs Morag Atchison and Te Oti Rakena; and MMus with Distinction in Performance (Vocal Studies and Opera) from the Royal Northern College of Music. Clare also holds a BSc in Computer Science. She currently studies with Catrin Johnson in Auckland, NZ.
During her studies Clare was the recipient of a number of performance awards, including the Anne Reid Memorial Trust Scholarship (Universities NZ), Anne Bellam Music Scholarship (University of Auckland), Arts Excellence Award (Dame Malvina Major Foundation), and Dame Eva Turner Award for Potential Dramatic Sopranos (RNCM). Clare was a semi-finalist in the 2021 Sydney Eisteddfod Aria Scholarship (cancelled due to COVID) and has recently been selected to participate in the Young Artist Programme as part of the 2022 Wakatipu Music Festival.