Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Clarissa Ocampo, mezzo soprano

Clarissa holds a bachelor of music degree in Voice Performance (cum laude) from the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music in Manila, and a master of music degree from The Juilliard School in New York.

She has studied with noted Opera singers and vocal pedagogues: Maestra Irma Ponce-Enrile Potenciano, Evelyn Mandac, Emmanuel Gregorio, Daniel Ferro, Paul Sperry, Elizabeth Mannion, Mark Goodrich, and Susan Ormont.Clarissa is very excited to perform once again for the Filipino audience after many, many years. To this end, she closed the 2004-2005 Concert Series of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in the Philippine Premiere of Sir Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time under the baton of Maestro Eugene Castillo.

Clarissa has had the pleasure of touring the United States and Canada, once performing Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, and the other as part of the Broadway National Touring Company of The King & I, with Haley Mills, Faith Prince, Marie Osmond, & Maureen McGovern. She appeared in the role of Pitti-Sing in The Mikado at Opera North in New Hampshire. Other roles performed include, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Romeo in I Capuletti ed I Montecchi.

She received a grant to attend the University of California Santa Barbara – Vocal Institute, where she performed in a number of song recitals, and a master class conducted by Metropolitan Opera star, Mignon Dunn. She received a Fellowship grant to attend the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, and performed in a variety of public concerts, one of which was a world premier of British Composer Michael Torke’s Better a Dish of Herbs. Other performances include The Brilliance of Brahms, an all Brahms concert with renowned soprano ReneĆ© Flemming as the featured artist.

Clarissa has appeared in both live and media broadcasts. She is the recipient of major awards such as the University of Santo Thomas Scholarship Grant, the Young Artist Foundation Scholarship Award, and the Anna Case McKay Scholarship Grant from the Juilliard School. She is also a two-time winner of the National Music Competition for Young Artists, and a winner of the New York Vocal Artists Competition held at Carnegie Hall.

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