Reviews

Demimondaine by John Frederick Hudson,  St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen 2016

'...John had managed to assemble a top class cast for his new work. Catriona Clark was a suitably glamorous choice for the role of the courtesan Madame Marthe De Florian'  

 

La Traviata, Edinburgh Fringe 2016

'Catriona Clark is a starry diva as Violetta. Clark is a vocal lecturer and consultant, outside her opera singing, which speaks volumes about her own abilities, which is supremely impressive. Her ability to move up and down scales with little effort is astounding and her performance of Sempre Libera was thrilling. She also engages with the text and presents an excellent understnading of Violetta's disposition, making her performance a memorable one I'd happily see again.'

'Opera Bohemia put on a brilliant performace, with singing and acting of a standard that would have been a credit to Scottish Opera. Masterful performances by Catriona Clark (soprano), Thomas Kinch (tenor) and Aaron McAuley (baritone).'

'Catriona Clark, performing the lead role of Violetta, effortlessly graced us with what would at first seem almost supernatural in her ability to move through the scales. Terminally ill with consumption, even lying down on her death-bed, her song is splendidly sung'            Mumble Opera

 

La Boheme, Edinburgh Fringe 2014

'Of particular note, Catriona Clark (playing Mimi) gave an absolutely breath-taking soprano performance'                                                     Mumble Opera

'Catriona Clark's Mimi deserves a special mention for her outstanding vocals.... the acting of the cast was superb throughout'                       Broadway baby

'Utterly brilliant performance of La Boheme, mesmerising, spinetingling'

'Attended last night and was blown away by the perforrmances, beautifully sung and acted'

'Magnificent..the best La Boheme I have ever seen...No-one should miss this wonderful show'

 

Eugene Onegin, Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock, 2014

Opera Bohemia are described as “Scotland’s dynamic professional opera company” and that they surely are. From start-to-finish the audience was mesmerised by the sheer quality of the singing and acting. Led by Douglas Nairne as Onegin and Catriona Clark as Tatyana, each of the young soloists was a star in his or her own right but it was the warmth and intimacy of the performance which stood out.

 

Eugene Onegin, Edinburgh Festival, 2013

'Opera Bohemia's production of Eugene Onegin was a triumph and a master class in how to present a hugely popular and well- known opera on a small stage with a reduced number of singers and a small but perfectly formed orchestra! All the key points of the story and settings were there and the individual performances, particularly Catriona Clark and Douglas Nairne, playing Tatyana and Onegin respectively, were superb.'

 'This was a powerful and brilliantly performed version of Tchaikovsky's greatest opera. The singers were all outstanding. A truly 5 STAR performance.'

 

Madame Butterfly, Scottish Easter Tour, 2013

Catriona Clark made an excellent Butterfly, avoiding the hackneyed elements of playing an adolescent, while having plenty in reserve for the final scene. (Opera Scotland)

 Madame Butterfly, Gardyne Theatre, Dundee. April 2013

This was a very clever production, emphasising the relationship between Butterfly and her son and thus maximising the drama and tragedy that unfolds. Catriona Clark’s performance of Butterfly made nonsense of the fact that is one of the most demanding roles in opera with a marvellous interpretation, her interaction between the other principals was choice and her singing superb. 

 

La Boheme, Opera Bohemia Sept 2012

Catriona Clark captured the essence of tragic persona of Mimi perfectly and I thought the final moments of the opera were portrayed with particular emotion. (Garry Fraser, Music Critic - The Scots Magazine)

 

Madame Butterfly, Opera Bohemia Aug 2012 (Edinburgh Festival)

Catriona Clark (Cio Cio San) gave a wonderful performance both as the naive 15 year old Japanese girl and as the young American bride. This is the most demanding role in the opera yet her voice never waivered and we were treated to a strongly and beautifully sung performance. (Fife Journal)

'When Cio Cio San (Catriona Clark) first appears, she is doll-like in a pinkie-red and white kimono. Easy seeing how he falls for her. Clark is excellent. Her top notes trill in the church acoustic and Un Bel Di is a delight. Her acting is ggod too and her acting with the gorgeous, curly blonde, blue eyed Amy Piggot is so natural' (Opera Critic)

 

La Fille du Regiment, Festival de Vezere, Aug 2011

À ses côtés, Catriona Clark est une Marie épatante. Elle possède pleinement les moyens techniques du rôle et se démène comme un bon petit soldat, en recrue mal dégrossie, bonne fille de tout un régiment qui nous enchante ensuite avec de faux airs d’Eliza Doolittle dans ses nouvelles fonctions. Un timbre chaud et lumineux, beaucoup de souplesse et d’agilité pour des aigus cristallins, notre vivandière, qui sait être drôle et émouvante, n’a pas à craindre la comparaison avec les grandes interprètes du rôle. (Catherine Jordy - Forum Opera)

Et c'est la performance en elle-même qui est à saluer. Marie, la fille du régiment, aux faux airs de Marianne, est interprétée par Catriona Clark. Cette chanteuse de talent a su porter par sa seule voix si impressionnante les mélodies du compositeur italien. (La Montagne, Brieve)

 

Carmen - St Riquier Festival, France. July 2010

On peut egalement apprecier la presence de Catriona Clark, brillante Frasquita. (Richard Letawe, Classique Info) 

 

An Evening with Soprano Catriona Clark, Apethorpe. April 2010

The Evening with Catriona Clark was truly an unexpected treat! By the end of Catriona's first song, we were utterly hooked. She's incredibly talented. She sings with such amazing skill, and her ability to act is clear too. She really brought the characters she was playing to life. We had a tremendous time, and will be first in line for tickets when the next evening is announced! (Dee from Cambridge Chord)

 

St Leonard's Church came alive last Saturday night as Soprano Catriona Clark filled the church with her incredible voice. Around 100 local residents watched in awe as Catriona, one of Scotland's finest singers, and special guest baritone Daniel Howard, performed a wide array of songs from the operatic and musical theatre stage. 

 

It's fair to say that everyone in attendance was blown away by Catriona's amazing talent. We spoke to dozens of people who were all in agreement that a small village like Apethorpe is honoured to have had the chance to witness a pair of singers with such an amazing gift. (Apethorpe News)