Ciara studied at the GSMD, graduating with distinction and a finalist of the Gold Medal. In 2007 she joined the opera studio of L’Opéra National du Rhin (JVR) and now studies with Jennifer Dakin.
In 2010, Ciara sang the role of Phoebe in Yeomen of the Guard in Buxton and at Oxford Castle, to great acclaim and received a full scholarship to work with Richard Egarr and Michael Chance in Aldeburgh as part of the Britten-Pears Programme.
Roles include Carmen, Cherubino, Charlotte, Lazuli (L’Étoile, Chabrier) for JVR, Mrs Grose (Turn of the Screw, Britten), Festival of Caen, Annio (La Clemenza di Tito, Mozart); Popova (The Bear, Walton) directed by Stuart Barker. Ciara joined the Glyndebourne Chorus in 2008 creating the role of Margarida in Julian Philips’ The Yellow Sofa, in the 2009 festival and covered the role of Hermia at Garsington this summer.
A regular soloist at St Martin in the Fields, Ciara’s oratorio engagements include Handel’s Saul with members of the OAE, Monteverdi Vespers at Winchester Cathedral and Haydn’s Nelson Mass with the London Mozart Players. Solo recordings include the title track of Incendies, with the LSO. Recent concert engagements include a recital at the Foundling Museum with L’Avventura London and a concert of music from the 17th Century at Temple Church, London with Claire Debono and the Solomon Consort.
A member of the ENO Opera Works programme, future plans include Hansel for Iford Festival Opera in 2011, a return to Buxton as Phoebe in a revival of Yeomen in 2011, Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem at St Martin in the Fields, a further concert with L’Avventura, a song recital with Sholto Kynoch in Oxford and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in St John’s, Smith Square.