The German-Irish publicist Dr. Kevin Clarke was born in Berlin in 1967. He studied musicology and literature at the Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Milan before working as a journalist for the newspaper “Der Tagesspiegel” and the magazines “Bunte” and “Playboy.”
From 2003 onwards he wrote for the opera magazine “Orpheus” and “De Groene Amsterdammer” from the Netherlands. He produced a series of broadcasts for the German radio station SWR on “Composers in Exile” and wrote his PhD on Emmerich Kálmán and the Transatlantic Operetta 1928-1932.
In 2007, his books “Glitter and be Gay: Authentic Operetta and Its Gay Admirers” and “The White Horse Inn: The History of an International Success” were published. In 2009, he gave a lecture on “The Pornography of Operetta” at the University of Amiens, which kicked off his current interest in the general history of porn.
In 2006, Clarke founded the Operetta Research Center Amsterdam of which he is the director. He teaches at the Conservatory of Tilburg and was curator of the 2010 exhibition Erik Charell and the Homosexuality of Operetta at the Schwule Museum Berlin.
From 2011-2013 he was editor-in-chief of the German magazine “Männer.” Since 2015 he is member of the Board of Schwules Museum* Berlin (the gay museum.)