JONATHAN LEMALU – Doctor Bartolo – The Marriage of Figaro – 2000
“My association with Clonter began in their 2000 production of The Marriage of Figaro, and continued subsequently in The Barber of Seville in 2001. Clonter is quite a unique organisation, taking young singers and introducing them to the stage and all facets of performance; from training, rehearsal and stagecraft to vocal and physical stamina etc. As a 2000 Clonter Opera Prize Winner I was given financial assistance for my vocal studies, and as a 2001 Singers Academy Member I was lucky enough to receive coaching with John Tomlinson at the Royal Opera House . The chance as a young performer to experience and work in opera is vital to our development. Not only the festival season at Clonter, but also the performances in London, which are a great opportunity for the production to be viewed and showcased to a wider audience. The Alumni of Clonter reads like a “Who’s who” of singers studying at the top vocal institutions, and working throughout the UK and Europe, and many singers, including myself, have been able to develop our craft and future roles in a supportive environment. I fully support the endeavours of Clonter and wish them all the best in their continuing tradition.