Rodney Earl Clarke

 

Singer Rodney Earl Clarke has appeared many concerts, operas and recitals including Carmen Jones, Kismet, On the Town, Kenneth Branagh's epic film version of Mozart's The Magic Flute – he sang at Sondheim’s 80th Birthday Celebration Prom, The Broadway Sound BBC Prom with the John Wilson Orchestra, and as Jake in Porgy & Bess under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle.

Here he talks about his early choral singing, his new found love of Broadway music and whether skin colour matters in the world of opera.

This week's guest request comes from lifelong Tony Bennett fan, Mark Fox.