Clara Barbier Serrano Receives First Andrea Bocelli Foundation-Community Jameel Scholarship.

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: JUliette Rahon & Company)

The Royal College of Music has announced that French soprano Clara Barbier Serrano will become the first recipient of the Andrea Bocelli Foundation-Community Jameel Scholarship.

With the scholarship, Barbier will join the RCM Opera Studio this September on the Artist Diploma in Performance course at one of the world’s most renowned conservatories.

“It is an honor to be the first Andrea Bocelli Foundation-Community Jameel scholar. It has been my dream to study at the RCM for many years but personal circumstances meant I was unable to afford the tuition fees myself,” the soprano noted in a press release. “This scholarship will give me the opportunity to refine my craft with some of the most renowned vocal professors and operatic coaches in the world. I am so excited to begin my studies and I am grateful to the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and Community Jameel for this wonderful opportunity!”

Clara Barbier has studied violin and choral singing since the age of six and in 2016 began her Bachelor studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig. She has given recitals in the Netherlands and Germany as well as at La Petite Bande Summer Academy in Italy in 2015 and 2017, at the Klassik für Kinder festival in Leipzig, and the Verbier Festival Academy 2019.

The scholarship was designed to open the door to gifted singers from around the world who wish to study full-time at the RCM. The program was launched in November 2019 during a visit to the College by legendary musician Andrea Bocelli and representatives from the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and Community Jameel.