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Cast change: James Cleverton to sing in Written on Skin on 18 January 2017

British baritone to sing the role of the Protector from side stage, covering Christopher Purves.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

18 January 2017 at 12.35pm | 4 Comments

Due to a throat infection, British baritone Christopher Purves is unable to sing the role of the Protector in Written on Skin this evening, Wednesday 18 January.

The role will now be sung by James Cleverton, who will sing from side-stage as Purves acts the role.

Cleverton made his Royal Opera debut in 2010 as Gregorio in Roméo et Juliette, and also performed the role of Rabbit in Opera Holland Park's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in the Linbury Studio Theatre during the 2015/16 Season. Upcoming performances at Covent Garden include the role of Pablo in The Exterminating Angel, which opens in April and the part of the Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo.

The rest of the cast remains unchanged.

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By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

18 January 2017 at 12.35pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by Katie Mitchell, cast change, Christopher Purves, George Benjamin, James Cleverton, Production, Written on Skin

This article has 4 comments

  1. Stephen Jay-Taylor responded on 19 January 2017 at 12:42am Reply

    My hear sank at the prospect, not least the woeful distraction of having someone stuck in the proscenium's barley-sugar columns with a music stand singing away whilst the poor voiceless singer just mums away onstage. And then there's the problem of not actually hearing Purves, one of the very best voices active today.


    James Cleverton sounds uncannily like Purves in terms of timbre and tonal quality - warm, rounded, rich - and was virtually invisible ensconced in the proscenium. And in a rather strange way, given the various levels of "distance" created by the libretto with its sung stage directions and endless "he said, she said" texts, the additional point of removal - the singer from his apparent voice - was bizarrely effective, and could easily have been construed as part of the actual staging. Fascinating, and unexpectedly, wholly successful. We should certainly hear much more of Mr. Cleverton

  2. Mark Stobbs responded on 19 January 2017 at 6:43am Reply

    Mr Cleverton has a great voice and did incredibly well. But why wasn't he properly rehearsed to act the part as well?

  3. Sue Dowdall responded on 19 January 2017 at 1:52pm Reply

    I was truly captivated by last night's performance (Wednesday 18th Jan) of Written on Skin. My friends and I were all rather 'put out' at the thought of listening to someone other than Christopher Purves, singing from Stage Left, but believe, me it was absolutely wonderful. Don't miss it - this is a very powerful performance from all.

  4. Tancredi responded on 19 January 2017 at 8:48pm Reply

    I didn't know until I arrived, but plaudits all round. Purves was heroic in the circumstances, Cleverton sounded superb, and, once one got used to the accoustic effect of the voice coming from elsewhere - which in the mode of the opera, fitted quite well! - the dramatic effect was not marred.

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