Born in London, Ciara Hendrick showed a love of music from an early age, taking up piano lessons at the age of five and adding the clarinet, saxophone and flute by her early teens. A chance rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody on a school trip led to her 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. Upon graduating, 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.

 

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 and was invited to participate in the Jerwood Young Artist Programme the following year, taking the role of Margarida in Julian Philips’ The Yellow Sofa.

 

This season Ciara has been selected as one of the Rising Stars for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and recent engagements include Ino in Handel’s Semele with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (c. Christophe Rousset) at the Royal Festival Hall and the Musikverein, Vienna, Fortuna/Valetto in The Coronation of Poppea, Opera North (c. Laurence Cummings), La Messaggera in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in Venice with I Fagiolini, Aréthuse in Charpentier’s Actéon with the Early Opera Company, Rosmilda in Elpidia (Handel), Halle Handel Festival and Bach’s St John Passion with Mark Padmore and the Britten Sinfonia at the Barbican.

 

Recording credits include Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Dunedin Consort, the role of Venus in the award winning world premier recording of Pepusch’s opera, Venus and Adonis, Daniel in Handel’s Susanna with Laurence Cummings and the Göttingen Handel Festival Orchestra, Juno in Daniel Purcell’s The Judgement of Paris with Spiritato and the title track of Oscar nominated film Incendies with the LSO.

 

As one of their Emerging Singers in 2015/16, engagements with the Early Opera Company include Médée Furieuse at the Almeida Theatre featuring Bernier’s cantata and excerpts from Charpentier’s opera and Hermia in Purcell’s Fairy Queen at Iford.

In the same season, Ciara was chosen to be the Rising Star of the Göttingen International Handel Festival, singing the role of Daniel in Handel’s Susanna with Laurence Cummings and a series of concerts for the London and Göttingen Handel Festivals with Repicco.

 

As a recitalist, Ciara works frequently with Baroque ensembles, including La Nuova Musica, The Early Opera Company, I Fagiolini, Musica Poetica, the Solomon consort and Opera Settecento, 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 closing the Spring Weekend 2017 with Britten’s Charm of Lullabies and Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben.