Associate Professor of Voice
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 Marguerite in Faust, Nedda in Pagliacci, Violetta in La traviata, Micaela in Carmen, Janacek’s Jenufa, and Floyd's Susannah. 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, Anchorage Opera, Central City Opera, Opera Delaware, Arizona Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Knoxville Opera, Orlando Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera Theater, Opera Santa Barbara, Festival Opera of Walnut Creek, and Opera San Jose, where she was a Principal Artist in Residence for four seasons.
In the 2010-2011 season, she will perform the title role of Madama Butterfly at Houston Grand Opera and will sing Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff with Utah Opera, in addition to recitals in Peru and Germany.
Ms. Clayton's concert performances have included Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s Second Symphony, 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. She has been a professor of voice at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston since 2005.