Allan Clayton has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting and sought after singers of his generation. A consummate actor and deeply sensitive musician he has already made a huge impact on the international operatic and concert scene. Highlights of the 2012/13 season include George Benjamin’s opera Written on Skin at the Netherlands Opera, the Theatre du Capitole Toulouse, the Royal Opera House, Wiener Festwochen, and the Bayerische Staatsoper, following on from the world premiere of the work at the 2012 Festival de Aix-en-Provence. Concerts include Act 2 of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger (David) with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé, Britten’s Spring Symphony with both the Philharmonia and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Ed Gardner, Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Gürzenich Orchestra and Markus Stenz, Handel’s Belshazzar on tour through Europe with the Les Arts Florrisants and William Christie, Handel’s Theodora with Les Violons du Roy and Bernard Labadie in Quebec
On stage, Allan’s other roles have included Ferrando/Così fan tutte at the New York City Opera, Royal Opera House, Opera North, and the Glyndebourne Festival; Bénédict/Béatrice et Bénédict for Opéra Comique, Paris; Castor/Castor et Pollux and Lysander/A Midsummer Night’s Dream for English National Opera; Belmonte/Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Lampwick in the world premiere of Jonathan Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio, and Camille/The MerryWidow for Opera North; the title role in Albert Herring for the Glyndebourne Festival and Opéra Comique, Paris. Future plans include Male Chorus/The Rape of Lucretia for Glyndebourne on Tour, Castor/Castor et Pollux and Tamino/Die Zäuberflöte for the Komische Oper Berlin.
Recent concert appearances include Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert, Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ with the Britten Sinfonia and Sir Mark Elder; Verdi’s Otello (Cassio) with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis, Britten’s War Requiem in Sydney and Perth, Haydn’s The Seasons with the Gabrieli Consort in Paris and London, Haydn’s Creation at the 2011 Bregenz Festival, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony both on tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Paul Daniel CBE, Handel’s Messiah for the Handel & Haydn Society in Boston, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with the Bach Choir in London, Britten’s Les Illuminations with the Britten Sinfonia on tour through South America, Handel’s Samson in Cape Town, Purcell’s The Indian Queen for the Edinburgh International Festival, Britten’s St Nicolas cantata, and Il Tabarro in concert at the BBC Proms with the BBC Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda.
Allan has given lieder recitals at the Cheltenham Festival, the Perth International Arts Festival in Australia, the Aldeburgh Festival, and London’s Wigmore Hall. He has been fortunate to work with many outstanding pianists including Paul Lewis, Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau, Roger Vignoles, Julius Drake, James Baillieu, Simon Lepper, and Joseph Middleton, on repertoire such as Schubert’s Winterreise and Die Sch?ne Müllerin, Vaughan Williams’s On Wenlock Edge and the songs of Strauss, Wolf, Britten, Duparc, and Tippett amongst others.
His recordings include a Gramophone-nominated Otello for LSO Live, a CD and DVD of Handel’s Messiah for EMI (which was also broadcast live to cinemas worldwide), a DVD of Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio, Britten’s Michelangelo Sonnets with Malcolm Martineau, and Joshua (London Handel Society/Lawrence Cummings). For Hyperion he has recorded Lukasewski’s Via Crucis, Messiah with the Britten Sinfonia, and Britten’s St Nicolas.
Allan Clayton studied at St John’s College, Cambridge and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. An Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and former BBC New Generation Artist from 2007-2009, his awards also include “The Queen’s Commendation for Excellence” and an inaugural Sir Elton John Scholarship at the RAM, the John Christie Award for his Glyndebourne Festival debut as Albert Herring, and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.