American soprano Cynthia Clayton is an audience favorite in opera houses throughout the United States and overseas for her critically acclaimed performances of roles including Puccini heroines Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Mimi, Musetta, Liù, and Madama Butterfly, Mozart heroines Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, Pamina, Countess Almaviva, and Fiordiligi; and numerous others, such as Leonora in Il Trovatore, Nedda in Pagliacci, Violetta in La Traviata, Micaela in Carmen, Marguerite in Faust, Janáček’s Jenůfa, Floyd's Susannah, and Catán’s Florencia (Florencia en el Amazonas). She has bowed in leading roles at New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, Utah Opera, Cleveland Opera, Opéra en Plein Air (Belgium), Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Grand Rapids, Anchorage Opera, Central City Opera, Opera Delaware, Arizona Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Knoxville Opera, Orlando Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera Theater, Opera Santa Barbara, Intermountain Opera, Festival Opera of Walnut Creek, and Opera San José, where she was a Principal Artist in Residence for four seasons. Her most recent projects include covering the role of Hester Prynne in the world premiere of Lori Laitman’s The Scarlet Letter at Opera Colorado, as well as performances in Houston Grand Opera’s recent productions of Eugene Onegin and Sweeney Todd. Next spring, she will return to Opera Colorado to sing Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff.
Ms. Clayton's concert performances have included appearances with orchestras across the country, in Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Britten’s War Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Mozart's Requiem and Solemn Vespers, Brahms' Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria, and Debussy's La Damoiselle Élue. In addition, she is an avid performer of recitals and chamber music, including, most recently, Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. She has been a member of the faculty at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston since 2005, and has earned the rank of Associate Professor. She recently produced a recording of vocal works entitled Encantamiento - Music of Daniel Catán, available on Albany Records.