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 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.
He made his debut at the Komische Oper, Berlin in 2014 with Castor/Castor et Pollux and Tamino/Die Zäuberflöte. For English National Opera he has most recently sung Cassio/Otello, Castor/Castor et Pollux and Lysander/A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His other roles include Male Chorus/The Rape of Lucretia for Glyndebourne on Tour and Ferrando/Cosi fan tutte for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He returns to Glyndebourne in 2015 to sing Male Chorus/The Rape of Lucretia and makes his debuts at Welsh National Opera singing Tamino/Die Zäuberflöte and at the Teatro Real, Madrid in Handel’s Alcina.
Allan also has a busy and varied concert career, with appearances that include Britten’s War Requiem with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Semyon Bychkov, Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Gürzenich Orchestra and Markus Stenz, Handel’s Messiah for the Handel & Haydn Society in Boston, Britten’s Spring Symphony with both the Philharmonia and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Ed Gardner, and the role of David in a concert performance of Act 3 of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé. He appears regularly at the BBC Proms, where he has most recently sung the title role in Oedpius Rex with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo and also performed in Vaughan Williams’ Pastoral Symphony with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. The 14/15 season sees him perform Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius in Salzburg, the St Matthew Passion in London with the Bach Choir, and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Hallé and Sir Mark Elder.
A consummate recitalist, 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. He joins forces again with Paul Lewis in 2015 to perform Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin at the Howard Assembly Rooms in Leeds and the Wigmore Hall in London.
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