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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It's not a night out unless you bawl your eyes out.

Madama Butterfly is one of the most loved operas, and audiences last night found out why. Don't miss your chance to catch it at the Adelaide Festival Centreuntil 23 November.

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Its not a night out unless you bawl your eyes out. 

Madama Butterfly is one of the most loved operas, and audiences last night found out why. Dont miss your chance to catch it at the Adelaide Festival Centreuntil 23 November.

#madamabutterfly #StateOpera2019 #opera #love #sacrifice #adelaide #southaustralia Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

📸 Soda Street Productions

Angus Wood returns to his role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly after performing the same role for New Zealand Opera in 2015

“…The standout performance of the evening is Angus Wood as Pinkerton. He portrays Pinkerton as charismatic but entitled, out to get the best of what he can. From his first entrance he holds the stage and his vocal performance is rich, strong, and exhilarating. Wood gives us a performance that allows us to understand why Butterfly falls so deeply in love with him.” - Theatrereview.org.nz

Madama Butterfly is at the Adelaide Festival Centre for a strictly limited season. Book Now at BASS: stateopera.com.au/productions/madama-butterfly/
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Lucky SOSA having Angus there.Great voice great human

Such happy memories of doing this rôle with you , Angus.

You the man Angus Wood

Bon chance à tous... The cast autographed poster I won from the last production sits pride of place at home and what a fantastic performance it was!

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State Opera South Australia

After discovering Puccini's music at 10 years old, Tobias has fallen in love with his operas and is excited to share Madama Butterfly with Adelaide this November in his Australian debut as a conductor.

Fall in love with Puccini as Madama Butterfly opens this week with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra at the Adelaide Festival Centre. Book now at BASS: stateopera.com.au/productions/madama-butterfly/
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Wenonah Tran so excited!!!

Mike Brown - looking forward to seeing it

Hear what audiences have to say about The Mikado!

The Mikado is at the Adelaide Festival Theatre until the 24 November. Book your tickets now! stateopera.com.au/productions/the-mikado/
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It is a great production.

Agree👍❤️

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State Opera South Australia

Kate Cherry chats about Madama Butterfly and why it is particularly special to her.

Madama Butterfly opens is at the Adelaide Festival Centre tomorrow night until 23 November.

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