English tenor Allan Clayton made his Royal Opera debut in 2010 as Ferrando (Così fan tutte) and has since sung Angel III/John (Written on Skin), a role he created, and David (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg).
Clayton studied at St John’s College, Cambridge, and the Royal Academy of Music. Opera engagements include Castor (Castor et Pollux) for Komische Oper Berlin and English National Opera, Oronte (Alcina) for Teatro Real, Madrid, Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) for Liceu, Barcelona, ENO, Komische Oper Berlin, Edinburgh Festival and Welsh National Opera, Ferrando (Così fan tutte) for New York City Opera, Angel III/John for Aix-en-Provence Festival, Dutch National Opera, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse and Paris’s Opéra Comique, Cassio (Otello) and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) for ENO, Camille de Rosillon (Die lustige Witwe) for Opera North and Male Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia) for Glyndebourne Festival. His role creations include in Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground and the title role in Dean’s Hamlet.
Concert engagements include Britten’s War Requiem with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Semyon Bychkov, Britten’s Spring Symphony with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Edward Gardner, The Dream of Gerontius with the London Symphony Orchestra and Mark Elder, Missa solemnis with the Hallé Orchestra and Elder and with the Gulbenkian Orchestra and Paul McCreesh, The Creation with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Labadie and Oedipus rex with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo. Clayton is a keen recitalist and regularly performs at venues including the Wigmore Hall and the Cheltenham, Perth and Aldeburgh festivals.
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Hanna Hipp and Allan Clayton in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, The Royal Opera
Allan Clayton as Angel 3, Barbara Hannigan as Agnès, Peter Hobday as Angel Archivist and Victoria Simmonds as Angel 2 in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera
Laura Harling as Angel Archivist, Barbara Hannigan as Agnès, Allan Clayton as John, Victoria Simmonds as Marie and Bejun Mehta as the Boy in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera
Allan Clayton. Photograph by Laura Harling
Allan Clayton as David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, The Royal Opera
Allan Clayton as John, Rebecca Jo Loeb as Marie and Bejun Mehta as Boy in Written on Skin
Allan Clayton as John, Victoria Simmonds as Marie, Bejun Mehta as the Boy and Christopher Purves as the Protector in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera