James Cleverton

Baritone

Described as “Outstanding, handsome-sounding and wonderfully subtle” (the Guardian), British baritone James Cleverton studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and Opernhaus Zürich International Opera Studio.

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James Cleverton | Rodrigo | O Carlo ascolta.......Io moro | Don Carlo | Verdi

James Cleverton | Wozzeck | Royal Opera House

James Cleverton | Wozzeck | Royal Opera House

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

James Cleverton | Figaro | Largo al factotum | Il barbiere di Siviglia | Rossini

This seasons engagements include Horemhab in Philip Glass’ Akhnaten, and the Photographer in the world premiere of Jack the Ripper (ENO), Papageno Die Zauberflöte (Scottish Opera), Barone Douphol La traviata (WNO), and Marco L'Arlesiana (Opera Holland Park). On the concert platform he will perform Carmina Burana with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and a series of Opera Gala Concerts both at the Royal Albert Hall, a Hogmany Gala Concert with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, and Mozart by Candlelight at the Barbican, London.

Previous seasons’ highlights include Gusmano in Verdi’s rarely performed Alzira (Buxton International Festival); Marcello La bohéme & Sharpless Madam Butterfly (Royal Albert Hall); Kyoto Iris (Opera Holland Park); Papageno Die Zauberflöte (Theater Saint Gallen); Dulcamara L’elisir D’amore (Scottish Opera); Count Asdrubale La Pietra del Paragone (Opernhaus Zürich and Opéra de Rennes); Ford Falstaff (Grange Park Opera); Frank Die Fledermaus (Welsh National Opera); Gregorio Roméo et Juliette (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden); Commercial Councillor Intermezzo (Garsington Opera); the title role in Don Giovanni, Il Conte Le Nozze di Figaro, and Danilo The Merry Widow (National Concert Hall, Dublin); The Pirate King The Pirates of Penzance (D’Oyly Carte); Captain Corcoran HMS Pinafore, Grosvenor Patience and Giuseppe The Gondoliers (International G&S Festival). Other roles include Alberich Der Ring des Nibelungen, Beckmesser Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Mountjoy Gloriana, Šiškov From the House of the Dead, and the title role Wozzeck.

Cleverton has also performed many leading roles in the contemporary repertoire with notable engagements including The Protector Written on Skin, and Pablo in Thomas Adès The Exterminating Angel (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden); John Sorel Der Konsul (Opernhaus Zürich); J. Robert Oppenheimer in John Adams’ Doctor Atomic, 1st Officer The Death of Klinghoffer, and Horemhab Akhnaten (English National Opera); the title role in Schweitzer’s Jakob von Gunten (Theater Saint Gallen); White Rabbit in the world première of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Opera Holland Park & Royal Opera House); 2nd Apprentice Wozzeck (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra & English National Opera); and Chou En-lai Nixon in China (RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra/Irish National Opera). Subsequent roles include Johannes Morgen und Abend, Stern Anna Nicole, Theseus The Minotaur, 'N' in Rhim’s Dionysus, the title role Jakob Lenz, and Punch Punch and Judy.

Equally in demand on the concert platform, Cleverton regularly performs concerts, recitals and oratorios throughout the UK & internationally. Recent and future engagements include baritone soloist for Welsh National Opera Summer Opera Classics Concert Tour; Haydn’s Harmonimesse at Cadogan Hall and Opera Gala concerts at the Royal Albert Hall both with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem and Handel’s Messiah at Symphony Hall with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; A Mozart Opera Gala at the Tonhalle, Zürich with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Dvořák Te Deum at Caird Hall with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera; Last Night of the Easter Proms at the Royal Festvial Hall; and Beethoven 9th Symphony at St. John’s Smith Square. Current recordings include Arrostino in Cellier's The Mountebanks with the BBC Concert Orchestra; Sir John Copeland in Rodgers and Hart's Dearest Enemy, and the White Rabbit in Will Todd's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

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

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