James Cleverton


Having garnered a reputation as an extremely versatle singing-actor, James Cleverton has been seen in a variety of repertoire ranging from Mozart and Wagner to Contemporary and New Music.

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James Cleverton | Wir arme Leut | Wozzeck | Berg

James Cleverton | Ach wir armen Leute | Hänsel und Gretel | Humperdinck

James Cleverton | Chou En-Lai | Nixon in China | Adams

James Cleverton | Wozzeck | Royal Opera House

James Cleverton | Wozzeck | Royal Opera House

Cleverton’s previous seasons’ highlights include Alberich Das Rheingold, The Protector Written on Skin, Johann Werther, Barone Douphol La Traviata, and Pablo in Thomas Adès The Exterminating Angel (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden); John Sorel Der Konsul (Opernhaus Zürich); J. Robert Oppenheimer Doctor Atomic, Aristaeus Man The Mask of Orpheus, Mr Kallenbach Satyagraha, Horemhab Akhnaten, the Photographer in the world premiere of Jack the Ripper, and Punch Punch and Judy (English National Opera); the title role in Schweitzer’s Jakob von Gunten (Theater Saint Gallen); Chou En-lai Nixon in China (Irish National Opera); Papageno Die Zauberflöte (Theater Saint Gallen; Scottish Opera); Count Asdrubale La Pietra del Paragone (Opernhaus Zürich); Dulcamara L’elisir D’amore (Scottish Opera); Ford Falstaff (Grange Park Opera); Sharpless Madam Butterfly & Marcello La bohéme (Royal Albert Hall); Barone Douphol La traviata (Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera, Opera North); Gusmano Alzira (Buxton International Festival); Frank Die Fledermaus (Welsh National Opera); Kyoto Iris and White Rabbit in the world première of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Opera Holland Park); and roles at the Salzburger Festspiele, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Garsington Opera, International G&S Festival, D’Oyly Carte Company, and Opéra de Rennes. Subsequent roles include Beckmesser Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Alberich Der Ring des Nibelungen, the title role Wozzeck, Johannes Morgen und Abend, Stern Anna Nicole, Theseus The Minotaur, 'N' Dionysus, and the title role Jakob Lenz.

He can regularly be seen performing with leading orchestras such as The Hallé Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under illustrious conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Sir Antonio Pappano, Karen Kamensek, Donald Runnicles, Daniel Oren, Marc Albrecht, Martyn Brabbins, Edward Gardner, Franz Welser-Möst, George Benjamin, Thomas Adès and Karen Kamensek.

James returns to both the Royal Opera House and Welsh National Opera in the 23/24 and 24/25 seasons.

James Cleverton is represented by Christopher Carroll Artist Management worldwide.
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Photography credits: Raphaëlle Photography | Sean O'Riordan