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 has been George Benjamin’s 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 other 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. Future plans include Castor/Castor et Pollux and Tamino/Die Zäuberflöte for the Komische Oper Berlin.
Recent concert appearances include Britten’s War Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Semyon Bychkov, Tippett’s Midsummer Marriage with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis at the 2013 BBC Proms, 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.
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 Sch֨ne Müllerin, Vaughan Williams’s On Wenlock Edge and the songs of Strauss, Wolf, Britten, Duparc, and Tippett.
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 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