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.
A highlight of the 2012/13 season was George Benjamin’s award-winning opera Written on Skin at the Netherlands Opera, the Theatre du Capitole Toulouse, the Royal Opera House, Wiener Festwochen, and the Bayerische Staatsoper, following on from the world premiere of the work at the 2012 Festival de Aix-en-Provence.
On stage, Allan’s roles have included Male Chorus/The Rape of Lucretia for Glyndebourne on Tour Ferrando/Così fan tutte at the New York City Opera, Royal Opera House, Opera North, and the Glyndebourne Festival; Bénédict/Béatrice et Bénédict for Opéra Comique, Paris; Castor/Castor et Pollux and Lysander/A Midsummer Night’s Dream for English National Opera; Belmonte/Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Lampwick in the world premiere of Jonathan Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio, and Camille/The MerryWidow for Opera North; the title role in Albert Herring for the Glyndebourne Festival and Opéra Comique, Paris. He made his debut at the Komsiche Oper Berlin as Castor/Castor et Pollux and Tamino/Die Zäuberflöte in 2014. He returns to English National Opera in at the beginning of the 14/15 season as Cassio/Otello.
Recent concert appearances include Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Gürzenich Orchestra and Markus Stenz, Handel’s Theodora with Les Violons du Roy and Bernard Labadie in Quebec and the Britten Nocturne with the London Sinfonietta. He has sung the role of David in a concert performance of Act 3 of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger 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, Handel’s Belshazzar on tour through Europe with the Les Arts Florrisants and William Christie, 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, Haydn’s The Seasons with the Gabrieli Consort in Paris and London, Haydn’s Creation at the 2011 Bregenz Festival, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony both on tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Paul Daniel CBE, Handel’s Messiah for the Handel & Haydn Society in Boston and the New York Philharmonic under Andrew Manze, , Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with the Bach Choir in London, Britten’s Les Illuminations with the Britten Sinfonia on tour through South America, Handel’s Samson in Cape Town, Purcell’s The Indian Queen for the Edinburgh International Festival, Britten’s St Nicolas cantata, and Il Tabarro in concert at the BBC Proms with the BBC Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda. He appeared at the 2013 BBC Proms singing in Tippett’s Midsummer Marriage with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis., and returns to the BBC Proms in 2014 to sing the title role in Oedpius Rex with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo and to sing in Vaughan Williams’ Pastoral Symphony with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, which will be broadcast on BBC4. He returns to the Bregenz Festival in the summer of 2014 to sing Britten’s War Requiem.
Allan has given lieder recitals at the Cheltenham Festival, the Perth International Arts Festival in Australia, the Aldeburgh Festival, and London’s Wigmore Hall. He has been fortunate to work with many outstanding pianists including Paul Lewis, Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau, Roger Vignoles, Julius Drake, James Baillieu, Simon Lepper, and Joseph Middleton, on repertoire such as Schubert’s Winterreise and Die Schöne Müllerin, Vaughan Williams’s On Wenlock Edge and the songs of Strauss, Wolf, Britten, Duparc, and Tippett amongst others.
Allan Clayton studied at St John’s College, Cambridge and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. An Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and former BBC New Generation Artist from 2007-2009, his awards also include “The Queen’s Commendation for Excellence” and an inaugural Sir Elton John Scholarship at the RAM, the John Christie Award for his Glyndebourne Festival debut as Albert Herring, and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.
“Clayton is the real thing: a great British singer who deserves to be championed.” Neil Fisher, The Times
“Clayton sublime with “One ever hangs where shelled roads part” and technically impeccable with the upwards slide for “Dona nobis pacem”[Britten War Requiem].” Classical Source
“Allan Clayton was just about perfect as David…[Meistersingers von Nurnberg]“ Rupert Christiansen, The Daily Telegraph