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Allan Clayton



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). In the 2019/20 Season he sings Laca Klemen (Jenufa).

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, Jupiter (Semele) and Candide for Komische Oper Berlin, Oronte (Alcina) for Teatro Real, Madrid, Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) for Liceu, Barcelona, ENO, Komische Oper Berlin, Edinburgh Festival and Welsh National Opera, David for the Munich Opera Festival, Lensky (Eugene Onegin) for Frankfurt 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 Faust (La Damnation de Faust), Jonathan (Saul) 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.

Selected 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, 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 has performed in recital at venues including the Wigmore Hall and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. In 2018 Clayton won the 2018 Royal Philharmonic Society Singer Award and the Whatsonstage Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera.

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Nominations announced for Opera Awards

14 February 2013
Nominations announced for Opera Awards

A host of Royal Opera-affiliated artists are shortlisted for new award.