Sir Clive Carey


circa 1910
Object number
Gift from Davidson, Robert — 1972-07-23


Francis Clive Saville Carey (1883 – 1968) was an English baritone. Born in 1883 he studied at Cambridge and then in London before working with Jean de Reszke in Paris and Nice. In 1911 he directed Die Zauberflöte and sang Papageno at Cambridge University when Edward J Dent’s English translation was first used. Between 1920 and 1924 he was engaged as a singer and director by the Old Vic Opera Company, where he appeared in Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte. In 1924 Sir Clive moved to Australia where he held the position of professor of singing at Adelaide until 1927. After touring North America in 1928, he worked at Sadler’s Wells Opera in the 1930s. He returned to Australia between 1939 and 1945 after which he settled in the UK. In 1945 he became director of Sadler’s Wells Opera. In 1946 he joined the RCM staff. In 1955 he was awarded a CBE. He died in London in April 1968.

Clara Ewald (1859–1948) was born in Germany. After her husband’s death in 1909 she moved with her son to an artists' colony near Munich. It was there in 1911 that her best-known portrait, of the English poet Rupert Brooke, which now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery, London, was painted. She died in 1948.


65 x 84.5 cm