JAMES CLAYTON

BARITONE

In 2020, James Clayton sings the title role in Macbeth for State Opera of South Australia; for West Australian Opera, he sings Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana, Tonio in Pagliacci and the title role in Elijah. His concert appearances include Brahms’ Requiem for the Tasmanian Symphony, Carmina Burana and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis for the West Australian Symphony, Messiah for New Zealand Symphony and an Opera Gala for the Queensland Symphony.

2018/2019 performances included Marcello (La bohème), Escamillo (Carmen), Leporello (Don Giovanni), The Forrester (The Cunning Little Vixen), Germont (La traviata), Judge Turpin (Sweeney Todd) and the title role in Macbeth in for West Australian Opera, The Forrester in Adelaide and Peter (Hansel and Gretel) in Melbourne.

Praised for his vocal phrasing and colour, James is one the most versatile singers to emerge from Australia in recent years. He has been lauded by audiences and reviewers alike for his performances throughout the opera houses and concert halls of Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

After ten years as a professional French horn player, James turned to singing and became a Young Artist with West Australian Opera in 2006 and 2007. His many roles since have included Escamillo, Leporello, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Iago in Otello, Schaunard in La bohème, The King in Aida, The Four Villians in The Tales of Hoffmann, Balstrode in Peter Grimes, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, Tonio in Pagliacci, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and the title roles in Rigoletto, The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro, Falstaff and The Mikado.

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.

2016/2017 appearances included Tonio (Pagliacci) for Victorian Opera, Scully (The Riders) for West Australian Opera, The Speaker (The Magic Flute), Angelotti, Escamillo and the title role in The Mikado for New Zealand Opera; he was soloist with the New Zealand, Christchurch, Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, the Melbourne Chorale, Melbourne Bach Choir, Christchurch City Choir and Orpheus Choir, Wellington.

He has also enjoyed considerable success on the concert platform with performances of Handel’s Messiah and Le damnation du Faust (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, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Verdi’s Requiem (West Australian Symphony Orchestra) and Orff’s Carmina Burana (Orchestra Wellington).

PERFORMANCES WITH STATE OPERA SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Macbeth – Macbeth (2020)
Forestor – Cunning little Vixen (2019)

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Who saw Dominic J Walsh - tenor in the role of Nanki Poo in "The Mikado" in November last year?

As part of Opera Queensland's An Aria A Day series, he reprises the aria 'A Wand'ring minstrel I', accompanied by his husband, Dr Edgar Chan, a Clinical Neuro-psychologist with the NHS working on the frontline of the Covid-19 recovery.
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Really enjoyable performance such skill! Thank you, enjoyed both this performance and the one in Adelaide. Thank you so much.

Saw it in the front row with some friends. Loved every second of it.

It was a pleasure working with Dominic last year!!! Great fun!

State Opera South Australia is excited to be able to welcome you back to the theatre this November for our new production of "Summer of the Seventeenth Doll" as we present opera for the first time in the new-look Her Majesty’s Theatre.

We are pleased to announce an extra performance date on Saturday 14 November, allowing more people to see this compelling drama in person.

Book at BASS: www.bass.net.au/events/sosa20-summer-of-the-seventeenth-doll/

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State Opera South Australia is excited to be able to welcome you back to the theatre this November for our new production of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll as we present opera for the first time in the new-look Her Majesty’s Theatre. 

We are pleased to announce an extra performance date on Saturday 14 November, allowing more people to see this compelling drama in person.

Book at BASS: https://www.bass.net.au/events/sosa20-summer-of-the-seventeenth-doll/

Adelaide Festival Centre

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So happy you’ll be back performing this year. Love to all the SOSA family! xx

So pleased this is able to go ahead! Can’t wait to see it 🙂

Yippee

Booked!!😎

Nick Plus Cindy Liau

Danielle Ruggiero-Prior date night?

Ooooooooh Sophie Felicilicity?

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Throwback to our performance of Einstein on the Beach in 2014 - now one of Philip Glass' most famous operas, it was first premiered over 40 years ago today!

#stateopera #MakeHistory #createourfuture #opera
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Throwback to our performance of Einstein on the Beach in 2014 - now one of Philip Glass most famous operas, it was first premiered over 40 years ago today!

#stateopera #makehistory #createourfuture #opera

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Fabulous memories. Would do it again in a flash. Einstein was definitely the most challenging mentally and physically.

A rare treat to see these 3 wonderful operas together. My favourite was Akhenaten.

It was an incredible thing to be part of!

A highlight for me! I would do it again if given the chance! My favourite of the three portrait operas!

I have never counted to 8 so many times in my life!!

Unforgettable.

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