James Cleverton, Baritone
James Cleverton

James Cleverton

Baritone
Bio: 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. 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, and Mountjoy Gloriana. Cleverton has also performed many leading roles in the contemporary repertoire. Notable engagements include 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, Punch Punch and Judy, Šiškov From the House of the Dead, and the title role Wozzeck 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. Last update: 2018-10-03 16:20:32 +00:00
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Bio: 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. 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, and Mountjoy Gloriana. Cleverton has also performed many leading roles in the contemporary repertoire. Notable engagements include 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, Punch Punch and Judy, Šiškov From the House of the Dead, and the title role Wozzeck 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. Last update: 2018-10-03 16:20:32 +00:00
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Reviews

Les personnages sont bien campés par l’ensemble des chanteurs...Dans les passages qui demandent plus de souplesse, le soprano ne possède pas la couleur souhaitable. Cette flexibilité, le baryton James Cleverton l’utilise avec avantage en Gusmano. Aussi sait-il varier avec sensibilité son phrasé. Même si la voix n’a pas ce caractère noir des grands rôles verdiens, il chante avec une grande classe.
Hervé König
Anaclase
The rest of the cast, including Clive Bayley and James Cleverton shone..
Fiona Maddox
The Observer
Violetta comes into the party with her former lover, Baron Douphol. James Cleverton’s clear baritone has a touch of menace in it that is clearly threatening.
Michael Kelligan
Theatre in Wales
James Cleverton made good guy Desmond Cussen interesting and complex.
Robert Hugill
Planet Hugill
Stephen Barlow brings his largely successful stint as Buxton’s Music Director to a close with some fiercely emphatic conducting, and a very decent cast has been assembled: Kate Ladner as the put-upon eponymous heroine, James Cleverton as the Spanish governor and Jung Soo Yun as the rebel Inca all attack their music with stylish vigour.
Rupert Christiansen
The Daily Telegraph
The outstanding performances come from Cleverton and Yun. The latter has an easy ring at the top of his voice and a restless dramatic energy. Cleverton, handsome-sounding and wonderfully subtle, really convinces both as the stiff-backed dictator of the opening scenes and the man of conscience at the close.
Tim Ashley
The Guardian
Gusmano combines a civilised exterior with a vicious streak and an obsessive jealousy when it comes to Alizara. James Cleverton ably conveyed this, moving his first aria from platitude about peace to obession with Alzira, and turning the screw on Kate Ladner's Alzira in their Act Two duet. Cleverton has developed into a fine Verdi baritone, singing with a shapely sense of well filled line, combining power and flexibility with fearlessness when it comes to the top. Whilst Gusmano's death-bed conversion is a little difficult to make convincing, there is no doubt at all of the beauty with which Cleverton sang the aria, convincing us with sheer expressive technique. I certainly hope to hear James Cleverton in further Verdi roles.
Robert Hugill
Planet Hugill
James Cleverton was a splendid Gusmano, proud and lyrical in his opening “Eterna la memoria”, martial in its cabaletta and dramatically arresting throughout. The duet with Zamoro, leading to trio, quartet, sextet and the impressive chorus that brought the first act to an exciting climax was one of the highlights of the evening.
Colin Davison
British Theatre Guide
It seems odd that Zazà would fall for the unappealing Milio when in front of her nose there is Bussy, a prime Barihunk bearing a striking resemblance to an early type of Errol Flynn, beguilingly sung by James Cleverton. But that’s opera for you.
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Critics Circle
Arac stands out for his spoof Handel song, magnificently delivered by James Cleverton
Tully Potter
The Daily Mail
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