Praised for his vocal phrasing and colour, James Clayton is one the most versatile singers to emerge from Australia in recent years.
In 2016, he sang Tonio (Pagliacci) for Victorian Opera, Scully (The Riders) for West Australian Opera and The Speaker (The Magic Flute) for New Zealand Opera – he also appeared as soloist with the Melbourne and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras. 2017 will see major appearances in Melbourne, Adelaide, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Most recently, he has sung Escamillo in Carmen for Opera Australia and several roles for West Australian Opera – the title roles in Rigoletto, Le nozze di Figaro and Il barbiere di Siviglia, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Iago in Otello and Conte di Luna in Il trovatore.
Concert engagements have included Handel’s Messiah (New Zealand Symphony Orchestra), Haydn’s Mass in Time of War and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria (Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra), Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (West Australian Symphony Orchestra) and Orff’s Carmina Burana (Orchestra Wellington).
James made his Opera Australia debut as Baron Douphol in La traviata – in Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour – and his Japanese debut as Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte for Biwako Hall. He has appeared as soloist with the West Australian, Tasmanian and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, the Auckland Philharmonia and the Wellington Orchestra.
© Patrick Togher Artists’ Management 2016