Allan Clayton, tenor
Allan Clayton has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting and sought-after singers of his generation. A consummate actor and deeply sensitive musician, he has already made a huge impact on the international operatic and concert scene. Highlights of the 2012-13 season include George Benjamin’s opera Written on Skin at the Festival de Aix-en-Provence, Netherlands Opera, the Theatre du Capitole Toulouse, the Royal Opera House, Wiener Festwochen, and the Bayerische Staatsoper. Concerts include Act 3 of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger (David) with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé, Britten’s Spring Symphony with both the Philharmonia and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Ed Gardner, Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Gürzenich Orchestra and Markus Stenz, Handel’s Belshazzar on tour through Europe with the Les Arts Florrisants and William Christie, and Handel’s Theodora with Les Violons du Roy and Bernard Labadie in Quebec.
Recent concert appearances include Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert, Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ with the Britten Sinfonia and Sir Mark Elder, Verdi’s Otello (Cassio) with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis, Britten’s War Requiem in Sydney and Perth, and Haydn’s The Seasons with the Gabrieli Consort in Paris and London,
Clayton has given lieder recitals at the Cheltenham Festival, the Perth International Arts Festival in Australia, the Aldeburgh Festival, and London’s Wigmore Hall. His recordings include a Gramophone-nominated Otello for LSO Live, a CD and DVD of Handel’s Messiah for EMI (which was also broadcast live to cinemas worldwide), a DVD of Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio, Britten’s Michelangelo Sonnets with pianist Malcolm Martineau, and Britten’s St. Nicolas.