Allan Clayton is a graduate of St John's College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music, London.
Operatic highlights include George Benjamin's award-winning opera Written on Skin at the Netherlands Opera, Theatre du Capitole Toulouse, Royal Opera House, Wiener Festwochen and Bayerische Staatsoper, following its world premiere at the 2012 Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. He has also performed Ferrando in Così fan tutte for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and New York City Opera; Castor in Castor et Pollux and Tamino in Die Zäuberflöte (Komische Oper, Berlin); Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream (English National Opera); Bénédict in Béatrice et Bénédict (Opéra Comique, Paris); whilst for Glyndebourne Festival he has performed the title role in Britten's Albert Herring and Ferrando and the Male Chorus in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia.
Clayton also has a busy and varied concert career, with appearances that include Britten's War Requiem with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Semyon Bychkov, Bruckner's Te Deum with the Gürzenich Orchestra and Markus Stenz, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Hallé and Sir Mark Elder, Britten's Spring Symphony with the Philharmonia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Ed Gardner, and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
As a recitalist, Clayton performs regularly at London’s Wigmore Hall and across Europe, most notably with James Baillieu, Julius Drake, Paul Lewis and Malcolm Martineau. A former BBC New Generation Artist, his awards include the John Christie Award and the Queen's Commendation for Excellence.
His recordings include Handel's Messiah with AAM and Stephen Cleobury on EMI; Otello with the LSO and Sir Colin Davis for LSO Live; Britten's St Nicolas with City of London Sinfonia and Stephen Layton on Hyperion; and Insomnia with Aurora Orchestra and Nicholas Collon on Warner Classics.
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'a new version of the Serenade with the young British tenor Allan Clayton is the real draw of this download...'more >>American Record Guide
'This recording has the advantage of firstrate sound, a superb horn player who is at least the equal of Brain or Tuckwell with an even greater range of tonal nuance, and a singer who simply has a more pleasant sound than Pears.'more >>Fanfare
'...the ensemble is particularly impressive in the hushed sections, playing with exquisite beauty and control...'more >>Crescendo
'...extraordinary performances, aided by top-notch soloists..few recordings satisfy as much as this one, with deliberate, but intense, readings...'more >>Forum Opera
« Le piano de Lorenzo Soulès en offre une interprétation étincelante...Le raffinement de Britten est servi en maître dans ce jalon d'une musique. »more >>BBC Music Magazine
'In the following Tennyson song, "Nocturne", aided by the Aldeburgh Strings' splendidly evocative playing, Clayton sounds suitably heroic at the final "Blow, bugle, blow"...Lorenzo Soules plays Young Apollo's glittering piano part with charismatic dash...'more >>Voix des Arts
Recording of the Month: 'Clayton establishes himself as a triumphantly worthy successor to Pears...Clayton's voice is both more beautiful and more secure throughout the range than Pears's, but the forthrightness with which he limns the distress of lines like ‘O rose, thou art sick' recalls Pears's interpretive perspicuity.'more >>Pizzicato
'..the soloists are one and all excellent, as are the exceptionally good Aldeburgh Strings.'more >>The Guardian
'urgent, vibrant and punchy'more >>The Sunday Times
'These performances by the Aldeburgh-inspired ensemble vividly affirm Britten's genius.'more >>Gramophone
'All are performances to be recommended.'more >>The Times
'In fact, if you haven’t heard this British tenor, make sure it’s the next thing you do. Expressive, intuitive, intelligent, he also has that indefinable extra something, hard to come by, that compels you to listen.'MusicWeb International
'One is struck by the beauty and security of their quiet playing - a virtue which comes to the fore also in the gorgeously lyrical Prelude. The accompanying Fugue, meanwhile, is a contrapuntal tour de force, and tossed off here with notable verve and aplomb.'more >>Der neue Merker
'Britten's short but magnificent tone poem…bursts with radiant vitality, rises in iridescent tones before us...'more >>Classic FM
'...the playing of the hornist Richard Watkins is also truly exceptional...a performance so worth treasuring.'more >>