Rosemary Clifford (mezzo-soprano) gained a first-class degree in English Literature from the University of Bristol before beginning postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, during which time she was generously supported by the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, the Northfield Educational Trust and the Liz Holliday Foundation for Young Singers. She recently completed her MPerf degree in Vocal Studies at GSMD and currently studies with Theresa Goble.
Operatic roles include Gertrude (cover) Fortunio (Grange Park Opera); Lazuli L’étoile, L’Enfant L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (AIMS); Tisbe Cenerentola, Hero L’Egisto, Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia (GSMD ensemble scenes). She has a keen interest in contemporary opera, having created the roles of Claire Dessenne A Foreign Field (premiered 2009, Bristol Redgrave Theatre) and the Thief Diary of a Thief (premiered 2011, King’s Head Theatre). For the past two seasons, she has worked with Grange Park Opera in the chorus of Queen of Spades, Dialogues des Carmélites and Fortunio.
Rosemary’s concert work is wide-ranging, both at home and abroad, including performances in venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall, Rouen Opéra and the Palacio Real de la Almudaina. Recent oratorio work includes Britten’s Spring Symphony with Robert Dean and the AIMS Oratorio Choir, Duruflé’s Requiem with the Phoenix Choir, Eastbourne, as well as individual song recitals in Bristol and London; she also performed in Sir Jonathan Miller’s recent revival of Bach’s St Matthew Passion at the National Theatre. Future plans include Mozart’s Requiem with Chipperfield Choral Society in March 2014, and returning to Grange Park Opera for a third year. Rosemary is a member of the Royal Hospital Chelsea chapel choir, and performs regularly across London with a wide variety of ensembles.