James Clayton is one the leading singers to emerge from Western Australia in recent years; he became a Young Artist with West Australian Opera in 2006 and 2007.
James’ many roles for West Australian Opera have included the title role in The Marriage of Figaro, The King in Aida, Ashby in La fanciulla del West, Nourabad in The Pearlfishers, Schaunard in La bohème, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Steersman in Tristan und Isolde, Second Soldier in The Love of the Nightingale, Mars in Orpheus in the Underworld and Marullo in Rigoletto. For Autonomous Productions, he sang Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro.
He has also enjoyed considerable success on the concert platform. Recent engagements as a soloist have included Haydn’s Mass in Time of War and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria (Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra), Fauré’s Requiem (Collegum Symphonic Choir), Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Orff’s Carmina Burana (West Australian Symphony Orchestra) and Messiah (UWA Choral Society). He sang the roles of the Junkman and Señor in the Perth Festival’s concert performances of Candide.
In 2010, for West Australian Opera, James sang Balstrode in Peter Grimes, Escamillo in Carmen, Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana, Tonio in Pagliacci and the title role in The Mikado. He also appeared in recital at the Melbourne Recital Centre and sang The King in Aida for Opera Queensland.
Engagements for 2010/2011 included The Four Villians in The Tales of Hoffmann, Balstrode in Peter Grimes, Escamillo in Carmen, Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana, Tonio in Pagliacci and the title roles in Falstaff and The Mikado for West Australian Opera and concert appearances with the Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras.
In 2012, James sang the bass solos in Les noces with WASO and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Orest’s Tutor in Elektra and Nourabad in The Pearl Fishers for West Australia Opera. He also 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.
In 2013, James Clayton sings Escamillo in Carmen for Opera Australia and the title role in Rigoletto, Leporello in Don Giovanni and Schaunard in La bohème for West Australian Opera. He will also appear in concert with the West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.