British/Irish conductor Olivia Clarke is the current English National Opera Mackerras Fellow. The two-year bespoke conducting fellowship is supported by the Philip Loubser Foundation and mentored by ENO’s Music Director Martyn Brabbins. Clarke recently jumped in at Cadogan Hall to conduct ENO Orchestra in an opera gala concert with National Opera Studio. In 2021 she conducted a performance of Glyndebourne's new Fidelio production, whilst also covering and assisting and has been invited to rejoin Glyndebourne’s musical staff again in autumn 2022 .
Coming out of the British lockdown she conducted the Southbank Sinfonia in one of the first concerts with an audience at St. John Smith's Square. Next to her assistant work at the English National Opera she is conducting a performance of ENO’s new production of Cunning Little Vixen in their 21/22 season. This summer Clarke will be conducting Donizetti‘s Rita and Wolf-Ferrari‘s Il segreto di Susana in IF opera‘s inaugural season.
A recipient of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst scholarship for her conducting studies, Olivia Clarke trained at the International Conducting Academy Berlin, Universität der Künste, graduating in 2020. Before moving to Berlin, Olivia Clarke completed her Masters in singing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Clarke is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists and completed her Bachelors in Music with an Organ Scholarship at the Queen's College, University of Oxford.