In his 40 year career, London-based photographer Clive Barda has worked with the world’s greatest artists and has built up an unrivalled record of past and current performers:

This site contains a small selection of Clive Barda’s current work and a fraction of his impressive archive.

Clive licenses his photographs through ArenaPAL.


Joyce DiDonato

DSC_9381-Edit adjThis is very much a Joyce DiDonato week! I attended a wonderful concert she gave with the Brentano Quartet and Jake Heggie at the new Milton Court Concert Hall on Tuesday followed by a masterclass the next day with singers from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She will also be singing tonight at the Barbican with the New York Philharmonic.

Joyce was on her usual scintillating form on both occasions. Apologising for a sprained ankle and slightly limping, she recalled her run of Barber of Seville performances at the Royal Opera House seven years ago when she broke her leg at the first performance and had to to perform the rest of the run whizzing about in a wheelchair she remarked ruefully that perhaps she should think of a new gimmick!

Talking of the Royal Opera House reminds me of her stunning performance in Rossini’s La Donna del Lago. This photo is one of my favourites¬† of her in action. It’s hard to believe that in the midst of such virtuosic singing she can maintain such a radiant look.

EXPOSURE! Clive Barda Retrospective Photographic Exhibition


The Power of the Ring – reissued

Clive Barda’s book The Power of the Ring, documenting in photographs the Royal Opera’s 2007 Ring Cycle, is being re-issued to coincide with the revival of the cycle opening this year.

With 288 pages including more than 350 full-colour photographs by Clive Barda of production preparations, rehearsals and performances, ‘The Power of the Ring’ is an essential companion to the Ring Cycle at Covent Garden.

The book is a unique account of the first 21st-century production at the Royal Opera House of Richard Wagner s Der Ring des Nibelungen conducted by Antonio Pappano and directed by Keith Warner. Designed by Gary Kahn, it records the creation of The Royal Opera’s exciting new Ring Cycle from its first ideas through to performance. The detailed text features extensive interviews with the production team of Antonio Pappano, Keith Warner, Stefanos Lazaridis and Marie-Jeanne Lecca, as well as commentaries by members of a distinguished cast including Bryn Terfel, John Tomlinson, Placido Domingo and Waltraud Meier.

Originally issued in 2007, this new updated version is published to coincide with 2012′ s performances of the Pappano/Warner production of Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Royal Opera House.

Copies of the book in a new soft cover edition will also be available through the Royal Opera House shop in Covent Garden.


Clive Barda is renowned for his photographs of opera and has enjoyed long associations with many of the world's leading opera houses.


While best known for his work in the fields of music and opera, Clive Barda maintains a lively interest in the theatre.


During the course of his long career Clive Barda has enjoyed working with the world's greatest artists.

Noh Theatre

A selection of photos from workshops and the final dress rehearsal and preparation of actors for the World Premiere performance of PAGODA

Limited Edition Prints

Since the late 1960, Clive Barda has amassed a stunning collection of classic photographs of many of the world's greatest artists.

These are available to serious collectors as limited edition prints.