Paul Charles Clarke

TENOR

International tenor Paul Charles Clarke’s illustrious career has seen him perform at the worlds leading opera houses and concert halls.  Liverpool-born, he studied at the Royal College of Music where he was a Peter Pears scholar, and was winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Prize.

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Paul Charles Clarke & Barbara Frittoli | Da tutti abbandonata.... | Maria Stuarda (Live) | Donizetti

With a commanding stage presence, and unmistakable vocal timbre Charles Clarke made his professional début with Welsh National Opera, and has gone on to forge strong relationships with leading companies world wide, highlights include; the title role Faust (Opéra de Monte-Carlo; Welsh National Opera; Opéra de Lille; Minnesota Opera; Cincinnati Opera); Pinkerton Madam Butterfly (Metropolitan Opera, New York; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Houston Grand Opera; Welsh National Opera; Sao Paolo); Jenik The Bartered Bride, Kudryas Katya Kabanova, Alfred Die Fledermaus, Roméo Roméo et Juliette (Metropolitan Opera, New York); Adorno Simon Boccanegra (Oper Frankfurt; Hamburg Staatsoper; Welsh National Opera; New Zealand); Title role Don Carlos - 5 act French version, Alfred Die Fledermaus, Rodolfo La bohème, Lensky Eugene Onegin (Welsh National Opera); Pollione Norma, Edgardo Lucia di Lammermoor, Anatol Vanessa, Rodolfo La bohème (Seattle Opera); title role Werther (Deutsche Oper Berlin); Don Jose Carmen (Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Hamburg Staatsoper; Royal Danish Opera; Florida Grand Opera; Seattle Opera); Des Grieux (Dallas Opera; Scottish Opera); Don Carlos - 4 act French version (Minnesota Opera); Dimitri Boris Godunov, Rodolfo La bohème (Opera North); Title role Benvenuto Cellini (Opéra National du Rhin); Macduff Macbeth (Opera de Monte-Carlo); Števa Jenufa, and Nicias Thaïs - concert performance in French (English National Opera); Jenik The Bartered Bride, and Cassio Otello (Royal Opera House); Duca Rigoletto (Welsh National Opera; Seattle Opera; Santa Fe Opera; Scottish Opera); Alfredo La traviata (Royal Opera House; Welsh National Opera; Houston Grand Opera; Seattle Opera; Cincinnati Opera; Scottish Opera); and Tybalt Romeo et Juliette (Royal Opera House; Salzburger Festspiele); and Leicester Maria Stuarda (Edinburgh International Festival).

Appearances on the concert platform include Beethoven 9th Symphony with the Orchestre National du Capitole, Toulouse, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and a European Tour with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Bruckner Te Deum with the London Philharmonic Orchestra; Verdi Messa da Requiem with the Halle Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel, and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Berlioz Grande Messe Des Morts with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Dimitri Boris Godunov, Dvořák Stabat Mater, and Beethoven 9th Symphony with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the BBC Proms; Beethoven’s Leonore at the Edinburgh International Festival; and at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. He has worked regularly with conductors including James Levine, Lorin Mazel, Carlo Rizzi, Sir Mark Elder, Semyon Bychkov, Seiji Ozawa, Kirill Petrenko, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Antonio Pappano, Sir Simon Rattle, Patrick Summers, Philippe Jordan, Bertrand de Billy, Marco Zambelli, Emmanuel Plasson, Sir Bernard Haitink, Vasily Petrenko, Yves Abel, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Sir Richard Armstrong. Clarke’s discography includes Jenik The Bartered Bride (Chandos/Sir Charles Mackerras) which was Grammy nominated; Faust with (Chandos/David Parry), Arturo Lucia di Lammermoor (Sony/Sir Charles Mackerras); Tybalt Romeo et Juliette (BMG/Slatkin); Adorno Simon Boccanegra (Live at New Zealand Festival); Don César de Bazan Maritana (Naxos/RTÉ Concert Orchestra).

Recent engagements include Pinkerton Madama Butterfly, Italian Tenor Der Rosenkavalier, and Alfred Die Fledermaus (Welsh National Opera); Pirelli Sweeney Todd (La Monnaie); and gala concerts with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera.

In the 2017/18 season he sings Alfred Die Fledermaus, makes his role debut as Big Prisoner/Nikita Form the House of the Dead for Welsh National Opera, returns to the Royal Opera House, and performs an opera gala concert in Malmö.

Paul Charles Clarke is represented by Christopher Carroll Artist Management worldwide.
This biography is for information only and is not to be reproduced or altered without permission.
Photography credit: Alex Wilding photography

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