Allan Clayton MBE

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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. He was awarded the MBE in the Queen's 2021 Birthday honours list.

Clayton’s 2020/21 season includes the title role in Britten’s Peter Grimes at Madrid’s Teatro Real in a new production by Deborah Warner, Beethoven’s An die ferne geliebte with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under Andrew Manze, H.K. Gruber’s Frankenstein at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Britten’s Serenade with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Pekka Kuusisto, and a planned residency in Snape Maltings. During the summer of 2020 he took part in Glyndebourne’s Garden Opera series with In the Market for Love, an updated version of Offenbach’s Mesdames de La Halle.

Winner of the 2018 Royal Philharmonic Society Singer Award

Winner of the 2018 Whatsonstage Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera

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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