Hobart-born singer, Lara Barazi-Clingan, is a soprano who possesses a great passion for performance, musical direction, and music pedagogy. Having studied music and drama since the age of 5, she has developed a flair for versatility. Although her formal training gives her a background in art song, musical theatre and opera, Lara also has a keen interest in many other genres, including blues, country, folk, jazz, pop, rock, sacred, soul and world.
In 2008 Lara completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts as a Music major at Macquarie University, following this with the completion of her Honours Thesis in 2010, with a focus on vocal performance and pedagogy.
Lara teaches singing, piano, music theory and musical theatre at several locations around Sydney, and currently directs four choirs – three of which have been involved in the Opera Australia Community Choirs project. She teaches all ages – in fact, her students so far have ranged in age from 0 – 101 years old!
Lara has performed as a principal in a number of musical theatre and operatic productions, most recently as Sheila Franklin in 'Hair', as well as Freddie Hill's new folk opera 'The Water Babies', 'The Beggar’s Opera', 'Oliver', and 'Oklahoma'. She has also recorded vocal excerpts for Sydney Dance Company’s 1998 production of 'Salome', and the soundtrack for the 2004 short film 'We Have Decided Not To Die', which won many awards, including the Audience Prize at the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand short film festival in France, and the South By Southwest BAFTA Award.
Lara continues to perform, teach, and direct within the Sydney Metropolitan area, and hopes to still be making music well in to her 90s!