Allan Clayton MBE

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"But it was Allan Clayton, his silken tenor twisted every which way on his character’s journey into hell, who achieved incontestable stardom as a desperate man who prowled the stage like a caged lion. He took this Peter Grimes to an indelible place in the memory."

Mark Valencia, Musical America

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. In May 2022, Allan will make his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in the title role in the US premiere of Brett Dean’s Hamlet, and will then return later in the year for Peter Grimes.

Winner of the 2018 Royal Philharmonic Society Singer Award

Winner of the 2018 Whatsonstage Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera

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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