Cynthia Clayton, Soprano
1992 – 1996
In the 2014-15 season, CYNTHIA CLAYTON performs the role of the Beggar Woman in Houston Grand Opera’s production of Sweeney Todd, and appears as a soloist in Verdi’s Requiem at the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo, CA. Other recent 2014-15 engagements included the role of Leonora in West Bay Opera’s Il trovatore, and the role of Mama in Houston Grand Opera’s concert version of Past the Checkpoints.
Other recent performances for Ms. Clayton included her first Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier) for Moores Opera House in Houston, Texas. In May of 2012, she appeared in the title role of Madama Butterfly for Intermountain Opera. Other performances in 2011 included Alice Ford (Falstaff) with Utah Opera for which she received rave reviews in the Salt Lake Tribune, and the role of Leonora (Il trovatore) for Opera Grand Rapids.
Engagements during 2010-11 included the role of Tosca for the Houston Grand Opera and a recital in Lima, Peru. Ms. Clayton also joined former resident artist Layna Chianakis at an Opera Gala for Intermountain Opera in Bozeman, Montana, then returned to perform in the alternate cast of Houston Grand Opera’s production of Madama Butterfly in fall, 2010. Other recent performances include the role of Mimì (La bohème) for the 2009 Mendocino Music Festival, a role she also performed with Houston Grand Opera in May of 2008. In April, she appeared as a soloist in Mendelssohn’s St Paul with the Houston Symphony Choir alongside her husband, Hector Vasquez.
During the 2005 – 2006 season, Ms. Clayton joined the voice faculty at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston in Texas and made several major debuts with a number of companies to extraordinary success, including Dallas Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and the title role in Madama Butterfly for Anchorage Opera and the title role in Susannah for Cedar Rapids Opera Theater. Other recent engagements included the title role of Jenůfa with Utah Opera in winter 2005, the Verdi Requiem with the Cuesta Master Chorale, and the title role in Manon Lescaut with Taconic Opera of New York. Ms. Clayton returned to Opera San José in fall 2004 to perform at the inaugural galas for the opening of the 2004 – 2005 season in the California Theatre.
Roles performed during the 2002 – 2003 season included Magnolia in Jerome Kern’s Showboat with Mendocino Music Festival and the title role in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah with Festival Opera during the summer of 2002. In October, Ms. Clayton was the featured soloist in the Villa Lobos Bachianas Brasilieras #5 with San José Chamber Orchestra followed by her debut performance as Mimì with Utah Opera in their production of La bohème in January of 2003. Ms. Clayton also made her debut performance with Dallas Opera as Donna Anna in their February 2003 production of Don Giovanni.
During the 1999 – 2000 season, Ms. Clayton returned to New York City Opera as Mimì and to San Diego Opera as Musetta, and she was seen in the title role of Massenet’s Manon with Arizona Opera. 2000 – 2001 engagements included her European debut as Violetta in Belgium, Penelope in Britten’s Gloriana for Central City Opera, Countess Almaviva with Orlando Opera and New York City Opera in their productions of Le nozze di Figaro, and a performance of Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree with San Diego Opera.
In 1998 – 1999, she performed both Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and Mimì (La bohème) for Festival Opera, returned to Cleveland Opera as Micaëla (Carmen), and she made debuts at Lincoln Center as Musetta (La bohème) and in the title role of Madama Butterfly with New York City Opera.
In 1997 – 1998, Ms. Clayton’s engagements included a return to New West Symphony to sing Madama Butterfly, Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915 with Ventura Chamber Music Festival, and Brahm’s Requiem with Vallejo Symphony.
Ms. Clayton appeared with San Diego Opera in 1996 – 1997 in the role of Micaëla (Carmen), opposite tenor Richard Leech and conducted by Richard Bonynge. She also appeared as Marguérite in Cleveland Opera’s production of Faust, in the title role of Manon with Arizona Opera, with Walnut Creek Festival Opera as Nedda (Pagliacci), as Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) with South Valley Opera, in Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915 at the Mendocino Music Festival, and as Mimì (La bohème) with Santa Barbara Grand Opera.
For more information, please visit Ms. Clayton’s website: http://www.claytonvasquez.com/