A village of culture and heritage at the heart of the Semple Heritage Trail
March 8th - 24th
The Friendly Festival
Catriona Clark & Douglas Nairne with pianist Andrew Brown
Scottish soprano Catriona Clark graduated with distinction from both the RCM and the RCS winning their four most prestigious prizes. Operatic roles include Leila (Pearl Fishers), Violetta (La Traviata), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Cio Cio San (Madame Butterfly) Marie (La Fille du Regiment), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Euridice (Orphee aux Enfers), Mimi/Musetta (La Boheme), Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Madame de Florian in the world premiere of Demimondaine by John Frederick Hudson. Catriona has worked with the Royal Opera House, Opera North, Diva Opera, London Festival Opera and Opera Bohemia.
Future performances include a Scottish tour of Lehar’s Merry Widow (Hanna Glawari) with Opera Bohemia, the title role of Ethelinda by Mildred Marion at Glamis Castle and Mascagni’s Silvano with Scottish Opera.
Career highlights include performing Adele in Die Fledermaus alongside Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Jose Carreras, Alfie Boe and Bryn Terfel in the Royal Albert Hall and opera gala performances for members of the Royal family.
Alongside performing Catriona is also a Vocal Lecturer at Napier and Edinburgh University, Vocal Consultant for the Edinburgh Singers and member of staff at Oxenfoord International Summer School.
Douglas was born in Fife and is a scholar and graduate of the Alexander Gibson Opera School (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), having previously graduated with distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
He has sung the role of the Herald in Britten’s Burning Fiery Furnace at the Aldeburgh and Buxton festivals, the Hermitage in St Petersburg and for a BBC Radio 3 radio broadcast. Most recently he revisited the role for Scottish Opera at the Lammermuir Festival. He has also toured the US with Britten Sinfonia's production of Curlew River, in collaboration with the Lincoln Centre of performing arts.
He has understudied various roles for Scottish Opera and next year will cover Papageno for the company's performances of The Magic Flute in Belfast and London.
Other operatic performances include Silvio (Pagliacci) for Lakeland Opera, Marcello (La boheme) for Haddo House Opera, leading roles in NOISE opera's productions of Hirda and Sloans, and various roles for Scotland's Opera Bohemia.
Douglas had sung extensively as an oratorio and concert soloist including performances of Mahlers Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Kindertotenlieder and Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Mahler Players.
Andrew Brown is an accompanist working in both the classical music and dance worlds. He studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) with Fali Pavri, and now works there as an accompanist on the modern ballet course.
He was worked with a wide variety of arts organisations in Scotland including Scottish Ballet and the National Theatre of Scotland, with whom he has toured the UK and played on Broadway. He works regularly with Opera Bohemia and has accompanied performances of La Boheme, Madame Butterfly, Falstaff and Eugene Onegin. He is also involved in a variety of education projects, including the Edinburgh International Festival’s ‘Art of Listening’ programme, where he introduces Edinburgh children to classical music.