Allan Clayton

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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 2007-09, 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 2017-18 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.

Winner of the 2018 Royal Philharmonic Society Singer Award

Winner of the 2018 Whatsonstage Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera

Saul, Glyndebourne, July 2018

Semele, Komische Oper Berlin, May 2018

Miranda (after Henry Purcell), Opera Comique, October 2017

Hamlet, Glyndebourne Festival, June 2017

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