Next year will mark Clonter’s 50th Anniversary, and we want to make sure it is the best year yet, but in order to make it to 50 we need your help. Any funding raised will help us be able to celebrate Clonter’s 50th Anniversary and continue to provide a nurturing and supportive place for emerging talent to flourish and entertain our audiences for generations to come.
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Spring Opera Showcase

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“The whole performance was wonderful, with great introductions before each segment. The singers were all so accomplished with strong vocal performances and excelled in what was an evidently supportive learning environment. The acting, staging and production, including the illumination made for a thoroughly enjoyable evening, didn’t want it to end.”
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“Marvellous performers, tremendous pianist and very well introduced.”
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“Highly talented and motivated young artists with superb musical and theatrical guidance… Clonter is a warm and welcoming venue for performances of the highest artistic merit.”
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“We always enjoy our evenings immensely; the warmth and immediacy of welcome upon arrival at the door is always very much appreciated.”
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Audience Feedback 2023
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“I learnt so much and had the most amazing time doing it. I have been raving about Clonter Opera to everyone this week. I have never experienced such a genuinely kind and supportive environment tailored for young singers.”
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Bethan Terry, Soprano
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“It was so soul-warming to meet such lovely people and get to work in a supportive environment which you don’t get everywhere that you go. I felt that we were in an entirely creative space and the possibilities were endless.”
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Megan Baker, Mezzo-Soprano
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“Thank you! I had an absolutely wonderful time at Clonter, and I’ll remember this week of rehearsals fondly for many years to come.”
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Tormey Woods, Baritone
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We were absolutely delighted that we managed to lure 161 bods away for this year’s historic Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool, offering an operatic alternative, with songs in several different languages. Delighted were we also with the results of the intensive week’s work, resulting in the Spring Opera Showcase, which welcomed a new director, William Relton who introduced each item, furnishing the audience with enough context to enjoy the following pieces, and with the addition of projected scenery this year. William also highlighted the value of this kind of programme for these young singers in their education – to work on repertoire they both knew, but also wished to explore in more depth, as well as to have to learn new rep to perform with others, working with new directors and conductors intensively, but in a nurturing and supportive environment, generously commenting that ‘Clonter has a long and noble history of providing this opportunity for young singers’.

The heroic replacement, Bethan Terry, more than rose to the challenge, only reminding the audience of the situation with the occasional appearance of an ipad, which was so deftly used that it may have passed as a prop.

The programme, as explained by William Relton, had a good dollop of Mozart, because, as a young singer so aptly described Mozart was ‘medicine for the voice’. Whilst it is ‘not easy, it allows singers to develop their skills in slightly safer areas of their voice. They don’t have to go to the extremes that they have to in say Verdi or Wagner’.

The dollop of Mozart also included a bit of the Magic Flute, which we hope will have encouraged those that attended to return again in about 2 months’ time to see Clonter’s full blown version in July. Click here for more info and to book.
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Masterclasses
Photo Album

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Spring Opera Showcase
Photo Album