Sunday, November 1, 2009

Beth Clayton


American mezzo-soprano Beth Clayton has been recognized for her commanding vocalism, compelling stage presence and superb musicality in both opera and concert. She made her San Francisco Opera debut in 2003 as Indiana Elliott in Virgil Thompson’s The Mother of Us All in the celebrated Christopher Alden production conducted by Donald Runnicles, followed by her debut at Boston Lyric Opera as Maddalena in Rigoletto conducted by Stephen Lord. Beth Clayton made her European operatic debut in the title role in Carmen with Welsh National Opera. With the Dallas Opera she debuted as the Fox in Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen in the Frank Corsaro production conducted by Graeme Jenkins, for which she was nominated for the Maria Callas Debut Award. A graduate of Southern Methodist University and the Manhattan School of Music, Ms. Clayton has been an apprentice artist for Santa Fe Opera and a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. Her awards include a Sullivan Award, and she was a finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions.

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