Starting his vocal training at the age of 14 with renowned soprano Gillian Zammit, Cliff is a recent Masters in Performance graduate from the Royal College of Music (RCM), which was generously supported by the Malta Arts Scholarship Scheme, the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation and Janatha Stubbs. He counts Juliette Bisazza as one of his mentors.
Over the years, Cliff has taken part in many workshops and master classes with highly praised musicians, including Dame Ann Evans, Anna Tumowa-Sintow, Edith Wiens, Delfo Menicucci and Janis Kelly.
Credits for opera for Cliff include: ‘Eugene Onegin’ (Lensky), ‘Don Giovanni’ (Don Ottavio) Die Zauberflöte (Tamino), 'Lucia di Lammermoor' (Arturo), 'I Capuleti e i Montecchi' (Tebaldo), ‘Nabucco’ (Ismaele), ‘L’Elisir D’Amore’ (Nemorino), ‘Rita’ (Beppe), ‘Otello’ (Cassio), ‘Pagliacci’ (Beppe). Cliff was also part of Britten’s War Requiem at RCM, Mozart’s ‘Ascanio in Alba’ at King’s Place, Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ (Tenor Solo) at St. Martin in the fields, Tenor Solo in Mro Vella’s Symphony No 3 (‘The Apocalypse Verses’) at St John’s Co-Cathedral, and Tenor Solo in Mro Vella’s world premiere of ‘The Hyland Mass’.
Cliff was one of the finalists in the Lies Askonas Competition and made it to the final rounds of the Francesco Vinas and Belvedere International singing competitions. He has performed at the Office of the Prime Minister here in Malta, the Royal Albert Hall in London, and had the honour of performing at a master class for Robert Sutherland (Maria Callas’ ex-accompanist). He was also invited to perform alongside Joseph Calleja and global superstar Anastacia during Calleja's Annual Summer Concert at Luxol.
This past year saw Cliff perform concerts and operas around Europe, notably Le Nozze di Figaro at the Theatre de champs-elysees in Paris, London and Corfu, touring 'i Capuleti e i Montecchi' across the UK and headlining Malta's EU presidency concert in Berlin.