Birth to young adulthood
Clarissa Ocampo was born in the Philippines to a concert pianist mother and an obstetrician father who sang opera as a hobby. She graduated from high school in 1986, and planned to attend college in the United States until the People Power Revolution against the Marcos regime took place.
As a result, she enrolled as a pre-medical student at a local university. During this time, she decided to transfer to the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music. It was her time here that cemented her calling to music. "I was able to build a singing career in the Philippines while in college, and I think this was when I knew that singing was going to be my profession," she said.
A short time later, Ocampo was accepted into Juilliard for graduate school. It was then that she began her career in the United States.
WINNER "Best Female Classical Performer", Aliw Awards 2013. "Kalayaan: Pananagutan ng Bayan Para Sa Tuwid Na Daan" in celebration of the 114th Philippine Independence Day. As Berta in Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Guest Artist "Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group's 40th Anniversary "Ugat, Ugnayan... Obusan". Alto Soloist in "Beethoven's Fantasy in C minor for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra, Op. 80" with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. As Lady Thiang in the First National Touring Company of “The King & I”, Dodger Productions, New York USA; AEA Member. Gian Carlo Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors”, Aiken Productions, IN, USA. "Beyond Expectations", as Guest Artist of Mr. Jed Madela at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. “Pepe Rizal, Sa Isip, Sa Salita at Sa Gawa”, premiered a new composition by Jesse Lucas, poem by Jose Rizal. A repeat performance of G.F. Handel’s “Messiah”, at the Tremont Temple Baptist Church, Boston, MA. G.F. Handel’s “Messiah”, at the Tremont Temple Baptist Church, Boston, MA. “Ang Pag-Ibig Mo”, an all-Filipino concert at the Nichols Concert Hall, Music Institute of Chicago, Evanston, IL. “Chanted Journeys”, a concert sponsored by the Filipinas Heritage Foundation, held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. “Sari-Saring Musika”, with the country’s premier vocal group The CompanY. As Edad in the staged reading of Juan Cabreros Laya’s play “Sa Sariling Lupa”, at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Building. “Love Unspoken”, University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music’s Quadricentennial Celebration, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. “GENESIS”, Gala concert to close the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ 40th Anniversary celebration. “Seven Arts One Imelda”, premiered Mr. Ryan Cayabyab’s commissioned work “Muse and Madness”. “RUBIES”, 40th Anniversary Concert of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, where she sang Vincent A. De Jesus’ “Walang Himala” to rave reviews. “Mga Ginintuang Alaala ni Conching Sunico at ng MET”, a Filipino Heritage Festival 2009 season performance. Virtuosos 2008: Voices Through Time at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Featured Artist in the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Filipino Artist Series. Alto soloist in Sir Michael Tippett’s “A Child of Our Time”, with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.
OPERA ROLES PERFORMED: Berta in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, The Cultural Center of the Philippines (2012) Judith in Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle with the MCO Foundation (2009) Flora Bervoix in Verdi’s La Traviata with The Singapore Lyric Opera (2008) Olga in the Philippine premier of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (2006) Cherubino in the concert version of The Marriage of Figaro with the UST Symphony Orchestra (2004) Pitti-Sing in “The Mikado” with Opera North (1995) Rosina in “The Barber of Seville” (1995) Romeo in “I Capuletti ed I Montecchi” (1993) Third Spirit in “The Magic Flute” with the Juilliard Opera Theater. (1992)
DISCOGRAPHY: “Cradle Songs”, IJH Productions 2004, Boston, MA USA. Cradle Songs won “Best Lullaby Album”, and “Best Classical Album” at the 2004 Children’s Music Awards, chosen by over 120 schools worldwide.
FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARD GRANTS: University of California Santa Barbara – Vocal Institute Fellowship Grant, where she performed in a number of song recitals, and a master class conducted by Mignon Dunn. Aspen Music Festival Chamber Music Fellowship Grant in Colorado, where she performed in a variety of concerts, including “The Brilliance of Brahms”, with renowned soprano Reneé Flemming as the featured artist. Anna Case McKay Scholarship Grant from the Juilliard School University of Santo Thomas Scholarship Grant Young Artist Foundation Scholarship Award Prizewinner of the New York Vocal Artists Competition held at Carnegie Hall, New York Two-time prize winner of the National Music Competition for Young Artists in the Philippines
In May of 2012, Clarissa accepted a 10-month position as Artist-in-Residence with The Philippine Opera Company in Manila, where she mentors Young Artists of The Philippine Opera Company through private studio lessons, master classes and workshops. She also assists the Artistic Director with development, planning, and coordination of the monthly Young Artist Series, which runs from October through March. She performs regularly as Guest Artist in the company's Young Artist Series, Main Stage productions, special performances, and high-profile events as contracted by producers and music directors affiliated with the opera company.
The Philippine Opera Company is fast rising as one of the major Opera companies in the Philippines that regularly produces classical concert performances, cultural shows to wide acclaim, Opera productions, and Musical Theater productions that have crossed-over into the classical main stage arena.