Clementine is the Artistic and Managing Director of Pop-Up Opera. She founded the enterprise in 2011, building a highly respected and innovative touring opera company which has engaged new audiences and young people around the UK. With a strong artistic vision, and a passionate belief that opera should be for everyone, Clementine built a company that audiences felt connected to, developing a strong and loyal following. Determined to make it a success without reliance on funding, she created a model for the company as a self sustaining business that could stand on it’s own feet. In the second year of the company she met and formed a strong partnership with Fiona Johnston. Together they expanded the company to a prolific 90 performances a year, producing 16 operas with up to 40 shows in a season. The company has also provided a platform for many talented artists and creatives, with a strong ethos to nurture and support it's employees, whilst also forming lasting partnerships with over 150 venues and organisations. In 2015 Clementine secured a collaboration with the prestigious Kilden concert house in Norway, with the ensuing co-production in 2016 bringing in the youngest audience demographic for opera ever recorded at the venue.
Clementine began her career as an archaeologist, after studying Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge University. After graduating she worked predominantly with volunteers as Community Archaeologist, again following her belief that something seemingly inaccessible could be enjoyed by anyone. She left archaeology reluctantly, but wanted to follow her dream of becoming an opera singer. Encouraged by her singing teacher Elizabeth Ritchie, she auditioned for music college and went on to do vocal studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
As an operatic soprano she performed various roles including Guilietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Norina (Don Pasquale), Despina (Così Fan Tutte), Serpetta (La Finta Giardiniera), and Dido (Purcell Dido and Aeneus). She was soprano soloist in numerous oratorios, concerts and recitals, performing around the UK, in Northern Italy, New Zealand and France, and live on BBC Radio 3, as well as gigs as a folk singer and accordionist
After a period of working and studying in Italy, Clementine was inspired by the inclusive attitude to opera there, and having put on operatic events in her uncle’s cider barn to an audience of opera newbies, the idea for Pop-Up Opera was born. Initially Clementine continued her performance career, but ultimately decided to focus on building the company with the realisation that what drives her is facilitating, engaging people and making things happen.