American Baritone Clayton Mathews, a native of St. Louis has been praised for his rich colorful tone and profound character interpretations. In 2005, he won the South Florida Chapter National Association of Teachers of Singing competition. He has performed professionally in opera companies across the United States and Europe. Mr. Mathews’ most distinguished roles include Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni) Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia) Frederic (Lakme) Voltaire/Pangloss (Candide), Escamillo (Carmen), Amonasro (Aida), and Gulglielmo (Cosi Fan Tutte) and Count Ceprano (Rigoletto). His musical theatre roles include Javert (Les Miserables) and Agwe (Once on this Island). He premiered the role of The Maker in Fredric Chaslin’s Opera Clarimonde for On Site Opera/Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice. Mr. Mathews brought to life “Mike” in George Gershwin’s opera Blue Monday at the legendary Cotton Club for On Site Opera/Harlem Opera Theatre. He has also performed in many concert galas with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, Miami Music Festival, Newtown Chamber Orchestra and the Manchester Music Festival.
Mr. Mathews has performed currently the Undertaker and covered Crown (Porgy and Bess) for Semper Opera and Hamburg State Opera in Germany.