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James Cleverton



British baritone James Cleverton made his Royal Opera debut in 2010 as Gregorio (Roméo et Juliette) and has since sung Protector (Written on Skin), Pablo (The Exterminating Angel), Flemish Deputy (Don Carlo) and Alberich (Das Rheingold) for the Company. Further performances at the Royal Opera House include Rabbit (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) for Opera Holland Park. In the 2019/20 Season he sings Foreman (Jenufa) for the Company.

Cleverton studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the International Opera Studio, Zürich Opera House. Opera engagements include Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) for Scottish Opera and Theater St Gallen, Marcello (La bohème) and Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) at the Royal Albert Hall, Marco (L’Arlesiana), Bussy (Zazà) and Kyoto (Iris) for Opera Holland Park, Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore) for Scottish Opera, Count Asdrubale (La pietra del paragone) for Zürich Opera and Opéra de Rennes, Commercial Councillor (Intermezzo) for Garsington Opera, Second Apprentice (Wozzeck) for English National Opera and with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Runnicles. Frank (Die Fledermaus) for Welsh National Opera, Gusmano (Alzira) for Buxton Festival and Servant (Lulu) for Salzburg Festival. His contemporary roles include John Sorel (The Consul) and La Mettrie (Keyner Nit) for Zürich Opera, Photographer (Jack the Ripper), Horemhab (Akhnaten), J. Robert Oppenheimer (Doctor Atomic) and First Officer (The Death of Klinghoffer) for ENO, the title role in Jakob von Gunten for Theater St Gallen and Chou En-lai (Nixon in China) for Wide Open Opera.

Cleverton is a regular guest soloist with orchestras including Royal Scottish National Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Basel Sinfonietta and Swiss Chamber Orchestra.

News and features

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

18 January 2017
Cast change: James Cleverton to sing in <em>Written on Skin</em> on 18 January 2017

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