A village of culture and heritage at the heart of the Semple Heritage Trail
March 13th - 24th
The Friendly Festival
Catriona Clark & Douglas Nairne
Acclaimed soprano Catriona Clark is enjoying a thriving performance and vocal teaching career. She graduated from the Royal College of Music and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, both with Distinction, winning their four most prestigious vocal prizes.
Since then her operatic and concert career has taken her thoughout the world performing roles such as 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), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Frasquita/Micaela (Carmen), Pamina/Papagena (Die Zauberflote), Mistress Ford (Merry Wives of Windsor) and the title role in Handel’s Semele.
Catriona has worked with companies including the Royal Opera House, Opera North, Diva Opera, London Festival Opera and Opera South and festivals including Les Azuriales in Cap Ferat, Festival de Vezere and the Edinburgh International Festival.
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, opera gala performances for the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and members of the Royal Family.
Alongside her performance career, Catriona has set up a thriving vocal teaching practice, is a vocal lecturer at Napier Univeristy, a vocal consultant for The Edinburgh Singers and a senior vocal consultant for Napier Junior Academy.
Born in Fife, Douglas Nairne studied at the RSAMD, before winning a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music where he gained an advanced Masters with distinction. He was the baritone soloist in Faure’s ‘Requiem’ with the Ulster Youth Choir in a live performance on BBC Radio Ulster and was the guest soloist with the Ulster Orchestra. In 2004 he led the National Anthem at Scotland’s televised home games of the RBS 6 Nations Rugby Tournament and in 2009 appeared as the baritone soloist at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Major roles include Don Giovanni with Fife Opera, Dancairo ‘Carmen’ at Haddo House Opera, Silvio ‘Pagliacci’ with Lakeland Opera, Marcello ‘La Boheme’, Enrico ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’, ‘Eugene Onegin’ with Opera Bohemia, Sid ‘Albert Herring’,Tarquinius ‘Rape of Lucretia’ and Papageno ‘The Magic Flute’ with the RSAMD and Herald in ‘Burning Fiery Furnace’ which he performed at the Aldeburgh Festival and at the Hermitage in St Petersburg with Mahogany Opera. He has covered roles at Garsington Opera and Scottish Opera.
In 2012 Douglas was the Baritone soloist for Go Opera’s collaborative project with Peroni Beer, Opera di Peroni, which toured around the UK bringing re-imagined opera to thousands of people. In 2013 he was the Baritone soloist for the critically acclaimed ‘Sloans Project’ which was an opera based around tales from Glasgow’s oldest Pub.
On the concert platform Douglas has performed many works including the Britten War Requiem, Brahms Requiem, Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, Handel’s Messiah, including a New Year performance with the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union and the Vaughan-Williams Sea Symphony with the Scottish Opera Orchestra. Douglas is also the co-founder of Opera Bohemia, a young company dedicated to bringing Opera to more people around Scotland.