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Directors' Testimonials

HARRY FEHR – Director- Così fan tutte – 2015

“The main advantage of Clonter is that it offers young singers the chance to perform major roles in a fully-equipped, proscenium arch theatre. While there are now a great number of opportunities for young artists to perform with fringe companies, most of these play in ‘found’ spaces, so Clonter is a rare exception of a venue which replicates the spaces where most established companies perform.”


CLIVE TIMMS – Music Director – Così fan tutte – 2015

“The progress and development of the singers was a pleasure to watch… It was a new and challenging experience for all of them.”



“I’ve directed productions, for all the major UK conservatoires, Irish colleges and youth opera programmes, BYO and for young artists’ programmes in opera houses internationally. The on-site residential dimension of Clonter plays a key-role in quickly forming an ensemble atmosphere which yields huge dividends in the final production. Clonter’s setting and situation play an important role here. No stars, no special favourites, no pecking order. Remarkable … It’s a rare—if not unique—ethos and one that should be encouraged and supported. The small, integrated team made for a highly cohesive and effective line-management which, with excellent communication, contributes to an atmosphere of “can do” … First-class colleagues across the board. Practical, sensible, realistic and professional.”