The aria depicts Countess Susanna enjoying a moment alone with her favourite vice – a cigarette. In the early 20th century, when this opera is set, it was still frowned upon for women to smoke, so Susanna is a woman ahead of her time!

Clare will perform the role of Countess Susanna during the Investec Opera Holland Park 2019 Season, alongside Richard Burkhard (Count Gil) and John Savournin (Sante).

See Il segreto di Susanna as part of a Double Bill with Iolanta at OHP from 22 July–3 August. Tickets are on sale, and you can book here.

Footage by TallWall Media for Opera Holland Park.