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Updated: Jul 11, 2012

The photographer of musicians and the performing arts

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.

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.

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.

Noh Theatre

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


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.