Allan Clayton MBE

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"But one thing, at least, was clear when this work returned to the Metropolitan Opera on Sunday afternoon: The company has a star on its hands in the tenor Allan Clayton..Audibly and visibly doomed, his tone conveys bitterness and pain within the same melodic line as his face betrays fits of rage and shock at his own behaviour. By the climactic third act, his voice exemplifies the essence of opera as a theatrical extremity of expression: His mad scene, a patchwork monologue of chest-pounding and stylised ugliness, is a thing of terror and wonder."

Joshua Barone, The New York 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. He was awarded the MBE in the Queen's 2021 Birthday honours list.

Recent performances include H.K. Gruber’s Frankenstein at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, In the Market for Love, an updated version of Offenbach’s Mesdames de La Halle, for Glyndebourne’s Garden Opera series, and the title role of Peter Grimes in a new production by Deborah Warner at Teatro Real Madrid and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. His 2022 debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in the title role in the US premiere of Brett Dean’s Hamlet was met with widespread critical acclaim, which he then followed with Peter Grimes, about which the New York Times declared: "A tenor claims his place among the Met Opera's stars".

Winner of the 2018 Royal Philharmonic Society Singer Award

Winner of the 2018 Whatsonstage Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera

Schubert Winterreise with Aurora Orchestra, Queen Elizabeth Hall London, March 2024

Jephtha, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, November 2023

Peter Grimes, The Metropolitan Opera New York, October 2022

Hamlet, The Metropolitan Opera New York, May 2022

Peter Grimes, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, March 2022

Messiah, Opera de Lyon, December 2021

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Komische Oper Berlin, October-November 2021

Peter Grimes, Teatro Real Madrid, April-May 2021

La damnation de Faust, Glyndebourne, May 2019

Candide, Komische Oper Berlin, November 2018

Saul, Glyndebourne, July 2018

Semele, Komische Oper Berlin, May 2018

Hamlet, Glyndebourne Festival, June 2017

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

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