Allan Clayton is established 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.
The opening of the 15/16 season sees his debut at the Teatro Real, Madrid in Handel’s Alcina. Allan will make return appearances at English National Opera throughout 2015 and 2016, and takes the lead role in Brett Dean’s Hamlet, which will have its world premiere at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 2017 as part of the nationwide celebrations of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
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 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 Festival Opera and Glyndebourne on Tour; and Ferrando/Cosi fan tutte for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Allan was an integral part of 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.
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 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. Most recently he has sung 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.
In 2016 he will join the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder for a performance of The Dream of Gerontius at the Barbican Centre in London, he will sing Missa Solemnis in Spain with the Gulbenkian Orchestra under Paul McCreesh and again at the Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder, and also travel to Australia to perform Haydn’s The Creation with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Labadie at the Sydney Opera House.
A consummate recitalist, Allan has given lieder recitals at the Cheltenham, Perth and Aldeburgh Festivals, 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 joined forces again with Paul Lewis in 2015 to perform Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin at the Howard Assembly Room 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