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James Cleverton

British baritone James Cleverton studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and Zürich Opera's International Young Artist Programme.

James made his Royal Opera House, Covent Garden debut as Gregorio Romeo et Juliette and his English National Opera début as J.Robert Oppenheimer in John Adams' Doctor Atomic conducted by Lawrence Renes. Other operatic engagements have taken him to companies throughout the world. Previous seasonsʼ highlights include Marcello La Bohème and Sharpless Madam Butterfly, both at the Royal Albert Hall for Raymond Gubbay, Count Asdrubale in Rossini's La Pietra del Paragone for Opernhaus Zürich and Opéra de Rennes, Papageno Die Zauberflöte for Theater Saint Gallen, Il Conte Le Nozze di Figaro, the title role in Don Giovanni and Danilo in Leharʼs The Merry Widow at the Dublin National Concert Hall for Lyric Opera Ireland, Ford Falstaff for Grange Park Opera, Silvio I Pagliacci for English Touring Opera and Hanoi Opera, Escamillo in Carmen, South Africa, Second Apprentice and cover of the title role in Bergʼs Wozzeck for ENO and the Forester The Cunning Little Vixen for the Oundle International Festival. Other roles include Enrico Lucia di Lammermoor, Eisenstein and Falke Die Fledermaus, Malatesta Don Pasquale, Schaunard La Bohème and the title role in Eugene Onegin.

Excelling in the field of contemporary music, James made his début with the Salzburger Festspiele in Alban Bergʼs Lulu under the baton of Marc Albrecht, with further notable engagements including the role of La Mettrie in the world première of Keyner Nit by Steinauer in Luzern and Zürich, John Sorel in Menottiʼs Der Konsul for Zürich Opera and the title role in Schweitzerʼs Jakob von Gunten at the Theater Saint Gallen. He made his American début in the world première of The Opera Show in Cincinatti and Baltimore, which later toured to the Teatro Arcimboldi, Milan. Subsequent roles include First Officer in The Death of Klinghoffer for ENO and Chou An-lei in Nixon in China with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra at the Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin.

Recent highlights on the concert platform include guest soloist in the Classical Spectacular gala concerts for Raymond Gubbay with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, Second Apprentice Wozzeck with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Donald Runnicles and as a soloist in the Last Night of the Proms with the Northern Sinfonia, Newcastle.

James has performed all the major Gilbert and Sullivan baritone roles for The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company and the International Gilbert and Sullivan Company, notably as the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance at the Savoy Theatre in London's West End. Current recordings include the role of Sir John Copeland in Rodgers and Hart's Dearest Enemy (New World Records), and the Rabbit in the original cast recording of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Signum Records).

Current engagements include a return to ENO to sing Horemhab in Philip Glass's Akhnaten, the Royal Opera House to cover the role of Johannes in the world premiere of Haas's Morgen und Abend, Opera Holland Park as Kyoto in a new production of Mascagni's Iris, the Royal Opera House's Linbury Studio for a revival of Aliceʼs Adventures in Wonderland and his Scottish Opera debut as Dulcamara in a new production of L'Elisir d'Amore.

On the concert platform he sang the baritone solos in the Last Night of the Christmas Proms concerts for Raymond Gubbay in Manchester, Birmingham, Preston and Liverpool.

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