Born in London, Ciara Hendrick showed a love of music at an early age, taking up piano lessons at the age of 5 and adding the Clarinet, Saxophone and Flute by her early teens. A chance rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody on a school trip ended in joining the school choir and singing soon became her passion.

After leaving school, Ciara studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, with piano as a second study, graduating with distinction and a finalist of the Gold Medal. In 2007 she joined the opera studio of L’Opéra National du Rhin (Les Jenues Voix du Rhin) and was a member of the ENO Opera Works programme. Ciara now studies with Jennifer Dakin.

During her time in France, Ciara honed her dramatic skills, working intensively with actors and directors including Yves Lenoir, Lionel Parlier and Matthew Jocelyn. She took the lead role of Lazuli in Chabrier’s L’Étoile in the programme’s major production and the roles of HermiaCherubinoRosina and Charlotte in scenes and was fortunate to work with Francoise Pollet, Felice Venanzoni, Alessandro Misciasci and Antoine Palloc.

Upon returning to England, Ciara joined the Glyndebourne Chorus in 2008 and was invited to participate in the Jerwood Young Artist Programme the following year, creating the role of Margarida in Julian Philips’ The Yellow Sofa in the 2009 festival.

Recent engagements include the title role in Handel’s Susanna for the Early Opera Company with Christian Curnyn (Iford Arts), FrasquinellaLa Perichole at Garsington with Jeremy Sams, DorindaIl Pastor Fido with La Nuova Musica at the London Handel Festival, Hansel for Iford Festival Opera and Phoebe in Yeomen of the Guard for Buxton, directed by Jeff Clarke. Specialising in early and contemporary works, roles include Irene (Theodora, Handel) at St Martin in the Fields, David (Saul, Handel) at St James, Piccadilly, Annio (La Clemenza di Tito, Mozart); Popova (The Bear, Walton) directed by Stuart Barker.

A regular soloist at St Martin in the Fields, Ciara’s oratorio engagements include Handel’s Messiah and Dixit Dominus, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach’s Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio, Monteverdi’s Vespers, the St John’s Passion at the Royal Hospital Chelsea and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at St John’s Smith Square.

As a recitalist, Ciara works frequently with Baroque ensembles, including La Nuova Musica, The Early Opera Company, L’Avventura London, the Solomon consort and The Musicke Companye, specialising in works from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, performing at prestigious festivals and venues throughout the country including the Handel Festival, the Wigmore Hall, the Foundling Museum and at Lille Opera House for Le Concert d’Astreé. With Sholto Kynoch she has appeared regularly at the Oxford Lieder Festival, most recently in Schumann’s Liederkreis op.39.

As a solo recording artist, Ciara has worked with the LSO, recording the title track of the Oscar-nominated film, Incendies.  Other contemporary works include a performance of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, creating the role of Margarida in Julian Philips’ The Yellow Sofa, working with composers from Oxford University as part of the Oxford Lieder Festival and the Witch in the premier of a new version of Hansel and Gretel by John Barber and James Redwood for Glyndebourne Education.