Saturday, 8 February 2014
ANTHONY CLEVERTON Baritone
British baritone Anthony Cleverton was born in Tunbridge Wells, England. After early years as a treble, he began studying voice at the age of 17 under the guidance of Ann Lampard, with whom he gained experience in the oratorio, operatic and recital repertoire. Anthony was then offered a scholarship place at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester where he studied with Patrick McGuigan. Over the course of his studies Anthony won the Alexander Young Prize, the Frederic Cox Award for Singing and the Robin Kay Memorial Prize for Opera Singing, as well as receiving generous funding from the Peter Moores Foundation.
Now based in Canada, operatic engagements for Mr. Cleverton include Falke in Die Fledermaus and Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte, both for Opera York.
This charismatic baritone sang the title role of Don Giovanni for Mid-Wales Opera, Elder McLean in Floyd’s Susannah for English Touring Opera, Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte for Opera By Definition and Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata for Opéra en Plein Air in Paris and Idée fixe in Belgium. Anthony worked for several seasons with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, where he created the role of Hades in the commissioned work Ghosts by Julian Philips and sang the role of Second Prisoner in Beethoven’s Fidelio.
At Glyndebourne, Anthony also understudied several roles including Achilla in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Ferdinand in Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery and Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte, which he also performed for Glyndebourne On Tour. He has made several appearances on French television and radio.
Oratorio highlights in Canada for Anthony Cleverton include Charpentier’s Te Deum and Jenkins’ The Armed Man for the Regina Philharmonic Chorus, and concerts with Toronto Choral Society. Other performances include Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle in London’s St. John’s Smith Square, excerpts from Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Tippet’s A Child of our Time in the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.