Clarke Ruth is a bass from Toronto, Canada. Clarke is a member of the Ensemble of Stadttheater Gießen since the 2022/23 season. In the 2022/23 season Clarke will be performing the roles of Mocenigo in Donizetti’s “Caterina Cornaro”, Quince in Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Angelotti in Puccini’s “Tosca”, and Publio in Mozart’s “La clemenza di Tito”. Opern Welt wrote of Clarke’s performance in “Caterina Cornaro”, “Überzeugend mit schlankem, giftigem Bass der Mocenigo von Clarke Ruth. In English, “Convincing with lean, venomous bass, the Mocenigo from Clarke Ruth.”
In July 2021 Clarke won a prize in the ‘Concours International de Chant de Clermont-Ferrand’. This prize offered Clarke the opportunity to sing the role of Alessio in a touring production of Bellini’s “La Sonnambula” in the opera houses of Clermont-Ferrand, Vichy, Avignon, Metz and Reims.
In June 2022 Clarke was a finalist in the Wilhelm Stenhammer International Music Competition in Norrköping, Sweden. The final round was performed with orchestra in the Norrköping Concert Hall.
Since the Summer of 2021 Clarke has sung regularly as Escamillo in the modern interpretation of Bizet’s “Carmen” done in the Theater Kantine in Düsseldorf.
In the Summer of 2020 Clarke participated in the ‘Internationale Opernwerkstatt’ organized by Verena Keller. In the workshop Clarke worked with conductor Roland Böer and stage director Roger Vontobel on a variety of opera scenes which were then performed on a concert tour through Switzerland.
In 2019 Clarke was granted two scolarships. The first was from the Richard Wagner Verband in Cologne which allowed him to travel to the Bayreuter Festspiel to attend their world class Wagnerian productions. The second was the WDR Rundfunkchor scholarship, which gave him the opportunity to sing full time in the WDR Radio Choir for one year.
In the Summer of 2019 Clarke sang the role of Bartolo in the Opernakademie Bad Orb’s production of “Le nozze di Figaro” which was sung in German. Clarke has also often played the role of the Father in Humperdinck’s opera “Hänsel und Gretel”, most notably with the Hofgartenorchester Bonn in 2020.
Clarke finished his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln in July 2022 with a Master’s in Voice. He studied in the studio of Christoph Prégardien. Clarke participated in two of the Hochschule’s main opera productions. In 2019 Clarke sang the role of Collatinus in Britten’s “Rape of Lucretia”, and in 2021 he sang Don Alfonso in Mozart’s “Così fan tutte”. Clarke also had the opportunity to participate in masterclasses from many esteemed members of the opera community including Peter Berne, Michael Hampe, Peter Konwitschny, Vittorio Parisi and Dietrich Hilsdorf.
In Canada Clarke finished his studies at the University of Western Ontario in 2017 with a Bachelor of Music. His voice teachers were Brian McIntosh and John Mac Master. Clarke performed in many of the university’s opera productions. He sang Colline in Puccini’s “La Bohéme”, Sarastro in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte”, Pistola in Verdi’s “Falstaff”, and Simone in Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi”.
Clarke is also a passionate Lieder singer and Church musician. He has performed Pilatus from Bach’s Johannes Passion multiple times, as well as Dvořák’s Biblische Lieder. In the Summer of 2017 Clarke attended the Franz Schubert Institut for Poetry and Performance of the German Lied. There Clarke was able to work with such Lieder greats as Elly Ameling, Helmut Deutsch, Julius Drake, Robert Holl, Roger Vignoles, Birgid Steinberger, Wolfram Rieger and Andreas Schmidt.