Sad death of popular English baritone

Sad death of popular English baritone


norman lebrecht

September 10, 2020

The death is reported of Adrian Clarke, after a long illness.

Adrian last sang a year ago at Covent Garden and was scheduled to appear in next year’s Rosenkavalier at Welsh National Opera. He served as professor of voice at Trinity-Laban in London.

He was particularly cherished for his roles in contemporary operas – the Librarian (Sophie’s Choice), Augustus Carmichael (To the Lighthouse) and the title role in Blond Eckbert.



  • Rob Kearley says:

    Very sad news. Adrian was one of the nicest, but hardest working people in the industry and I was glad to have the pleasure of working with him on several productions.

    He was a quiet but consummate professional and joyfully inventive on stage. A real pleasure and education to work with.

    Their are few of his ilk and he will be greatly missed.

  • Theodora says:

    Lovely man and a great musician and actor. Condolences to the family.

  • BG says:

    Very sad news. Have very much enjoyed his work at Opera North over the years.