English baritone Nigel Cliffe is a member of the Royal Opera Chorus, which he joined in 1999. He has sung many solo roles for The Royal Opera, in operas including Der Rosenkavalier, Rigoletto, L’anima del filosofo, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Sophie’s Choice, Pagliacci, Thaïs, La Gioconda, Dom Sébastien, roi de Portugal, Cyrano de Bergerac, Macbeth and Die Zauberflöte. He is a regular presenter on the Royal Opera House’s Insight programmes.
Cliffe was born in Yorkshire and studied at Huddersfield School of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and in Zürich and Amsterdam. He has performed at festivals including the Adelaide, Bath, Huddersfield Contemporary, Leamington, Norfolk and Norwich, Oxford Lieder, Prague Spring and Warwick festivals, and at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, South Bank Centre and the Wigmore Hall. He has a strong interest in contemporary music, with engagements including a tour of Panufnik’s Private Joe, which was written for him and the Schidlof Quartet. His discography includes a recording of Fauré songs with Malcolm Martineau (Signum).
Cliffe co-founded the Norwich Schubert Weeked in 1993 and in 2011 was Artistic Director for the first Waterloo Festival. He has taught in Amsterdam, Lyons and Versailles.