Clive Harre as Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore

Clive Harré (1979-82)

[Born Walthamstow, London, Dec 1947]

Clive Harré studied singing at the Royal College of Music and, beginning in 1971, at the London Opera Centre, where he sang many operatic roles including Figaro in La Nozze di Figaro and Schaunard in La Boheme. After leaving the Opera Centre he appeared with Phoenix Opera, Opera Rara, and Opera Unlimited, and toured Britain with "Opera for All." He has performed at Queen Elizabeth Hall, the 1977 Camden Festival, the Hong Kong Festival, and New York's Lincoln Center.

He joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in October 1979, immediately taking the parts of Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore, the Sergeant of Police in The Pirates of Penzance, and the Lieutenant of the Tower in The Yeomen of the Guard. In September 1980 he added Sir Marmaduke Pointdextre in The Sorcerer, taking the part from the full schedule of John Ayldon. Harre played these four roles until the last night of the Company, February 27, 1982.

In 1987 he sang Figaro in The Barber of Seville with London Opera Players. Clive retired from the stage in 1990. He went on to teach singing and directed a production of Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci for Nonsuch Opera.

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