Clare Ghigo is a mezzo soprano with a Masters Degree in Opera Performance from RWCMD (Cardiff) under the tutelage of Leah Marian Jones and Laura Sarti. She holds a BMUS. (Hons) from GSMD (London).

Clare's operatic roles include Cherubino in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, Annio in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito, Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, the third/ second Lady in Mozart’s Zauberflöte, the old gypsy woman in Rachmaninov’s Aleko, Speranza /Proserpina in Monteverdi's Orfeo, Carmen in Bizet's Carmen, Angelina in Rossini's Cenerentola, Maria in Piazzolla's Maria de Buenos Aires and Rosina in Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia.

Clare’s upcoming roles include that of Saja in a world premiere of the opera Ahna Refugjati and Nunzjata in City of Humanity. Both operas are Valletta 2018 projects.

Clare, soprano Gillian Zammit and harpist Britt Arend form a harp trio and after their successful recitals at the AlteOper in Frankfurt, Rathaus in Berlin, and l’Hotel de Ville in Paris, they were invited to perform at the Khachaturian Festival in Yerevan, Armenia.

Clare participated in various operatic competitions, won the Malta International Signing Competition, was a semi-finalist of the Alfredo Kraus Vocal Competition, a finalist in the Hans Gabor Belvedere competition, and a semi-finalist in the London Handel Competition 2016.

Clare is also a versatile recital artist and has performed for acclaimed singers such as Joseph Calleja, Bryn Terfel, Anna Tomova Sintova, Nelly Miriciu, Monserrat Caballe, Daniela Dessi, Richard Bonynge, Luciana Serra, and with various ensembles, which include the Jeune Orchestre Atlantique, Guildhall Consort, VIBE, Rossini Ensemble, the Ensemble Telemaque and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra with whom she has also toured in China.

 

Clare forms part of the Monteverdi Project (Malta) and the Orfeo Foundation (Amsterdam), and is an ENOA (Aix-en-Provence) and a Solti Accademia Del Bel Canto scholar. Clare kindly thanks The Joseph Calleja Foundation for their support.

Program notes

Ah pour moi!

Rare Opera Comique and Opera Seria arias by Isouard and Rossini

 

Nicolo Isouard

 Je Suis Modeste - Cendrillon

 Ah Pour Moi - Jeannnot et Colin.

 Allons Plus de Tristesse - Le Rendez-Vous Bourgeois

 
Rossini

 Piange il Mio Ciglio - Matilde di Shabran.

 Ciel Pietoso - Zelmira

 Quant’è Grato all’alma Mia - Elisabetta Regina D’Inghilterra