Christopher Clayton - Mr. Gedge
Utah native Christopher Clayton received a Master’s Degree and Professional Studies Certificate at the Manhattan School of Music. Prior to his studies at the Manhattan School of Music, Mr. Clayton received a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah.
For Chautauqua Opera, Mr. Clayton performed the role of Betto in Gianni Schicchi as well as covered the roles of Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, Gianni Schicchi, and the Doctor in Vanessa. He also performed in Madam Butterfly and The Music Man.
Other operatic performance highlights include the title role in Don Giovanni; Papageno in Mozart’s The Magic Flute; Somarone in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict; Jupiter in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld and John Sorel in The Consul. Along with various recitals at the Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Mr. Clayton has participated in numerous master classes with Lauren Flanigan, Catherine Malfitano, Bo Skovus and Martin Katz.
This is Mr. Clayton’s second season as a mem-ber of the Portland Opera Studio. Last season at Portland Opera, he sang the title role in The Return Of Ulysses and on the main stage he performed the role of Wagner in Faust and the First Priest in The Magic Flute. Recently, Mr. Clayton sang El Dancaïro in Carmen.