Forget Cumberbatch. Forget even Gielgud. I haven’t seen a more physically vivid, emotionally affecting or psychologically astute portrayal of the Prince of Denmark than Allan Clayton gives in this sensational production. From his show of infantile madness in the early scenes, through his heart-rending rejection of Ophelia, to his final unleashing of pent-up psychotic rage, you can’t take your eyes off this deceptively dishevelled, shambling figure.
Richard Morrison, The Times
Allan Clayton is established as one of the most exciting and sought after singers of his generation. He 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 include “The Queen’s Commendation for Excellence” and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.
Allan garnered huge praise as the lead role in Brett Dean’s Hamlet, which had its world premiere at Glyndebourne in June 2017. During 2017, Allan also sang the role of David in Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. At the beginning of the 17/18 season he will sing Lensky in Eugene Onegin for his debut at Frankfurt Opera, and Ferdinand in Miranda for Opera Comique. Allan returns to Komische Opera Berlin in 2018 for Handel’s Semele, and also returns to Glyndebourne for Handel’s Saul.
Allan Clayton and Pavel Kolesnikov on the Gramophone Awards 2017 shortlist1 August 2017
Allan Clayton triumphs as Hamlet at Glyndebourne Festival 201713 June 2017
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