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Richard Clement

First Prisoner, Tenor

Richard Clement


Grammy-winning American tenor Richard Clement has performed with most of America's major orchestras and music directors, bringing tonal beauty and superb musicality to repertoire from the baroque to the contemporary. He recently earned particular acclaim for the title role of Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius with the North Carolina Symphony and Sacramento Choral Arts Society and Orchestra. In addition he premiered – and recorded – Theofanides' The Here and Now with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony, including performances in Atlanta and at New York's Carnegie Hall (he has also sung Messiah and concert performances of John Adams' Doctor Atomic with them).

Among the most in-demand tenors for Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, invitations include the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; New Jersey, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Oregon, Memphis, San Diego, Baltimore, Nashville, Phoenix, Colorado and Toledo Symphonies. He sang Elijah with the Memphis and Charlotte Symphonies; the Verdi Requiem with the the Santa Rosa and New Jersey Symphonies and Chautauqua Music Festival Orchestra; Beethoven's Missa solemnis with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and National Arts Centre Orchestra; and Haydn's Die Schöpfung with the Colorado and Puerto Rico Symphonies. In addition Mr. Clement has performed Belmonte in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony; Rachmaninoff's The Bells with Jeffrey Kahane and the Colorado Symphony; Orff's Carmina Burana with Neeme Järvi and the Detroit Symphony, and two Mozart programs with Boston's Händel & Haydn Society under Grant Llewellyn. He also sang Mendelssohn's Die erste Walpurgisnacht and Second Symphony with Kurt Masur and the Israel Philharmonic; Toch's Cantata of the Bitter Herbs with the Czech Philharmonic; the Mozart Requiem with the Saint Louis and Delaware Symphonies; Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex with Charles Dutoit and the Montreal Symphony; Kernis' Millenium Symphony with the Minnesota Orchestra; Tippett's A Child of Our Time with Jeffrey Kahane and the Santa Rosa Symphony; The Bells with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony in Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall; Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ and Beethoven's Missa solemnis with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has been guest soloist with the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; Houston, Toronto, San Francisco and Cincinnati Symphonies, and collaborated with such conductors as Wolfgang Sawallisch, Jesús López-Cobos, Bobby McFerrin, Daniel Harding, Christopher Hogwood, Carlo Rizzi, John Mauceri, Marin Alsop, Hugh Wolff and James Conlon.

Festival engagements include Tanglewood (concert performance of Act III of Verdi's Falstaff), Beethoven No. 9 at both Grant Park and the Hollywood Bowl, and the Bach B Minor Mass with Seiji Ozawa at Japan's Saito Kinen Festival.

Mr. Clement's considerable operatic credentials include Valzacchi in Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier with Christoff Perick and the Cincinnati Opera; Pedrillo in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Sir Colin Davis and the New York Philharmonic; Tamino in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte at Belgium's De Vlaamse Opera and with the Colorado Symphony. At the Vancouver Opera his roles include Nanki-Poo (The Mikado), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Little Bat (Susannah) and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni); Ernesto (Don Pasquale) at Glimmerglass Opera; Vanya (Katya Kabanova) and To-No-Chujo (Tale of the Genji) at Opera Theater of St. Louis; Belmonte (Entführung) with the Boston Baroque; Lensky (Eugen Onegin) and Nemorino (L'elisir d'amore) at Opera Festival of New Jersey; Candide, Lockwood (Wuthering Heights) and Fenton (Falstaff) at Boston Lyric Opera; and Albert Herring with the Atlanta Opera.

Mr. Clement studied voice at Georgia State University and the Cincinnati Conservatory, where he received his Master of Music degree. He was a Tanglewood Music Festival Fellow, has been a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio and was a recipient of the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Jacobson Study Grant. His dozen recordings include Britten's War Requiem with the Washington Choral Society, Bartók's Cantata Profana with the Atlanta Symphony (both Grammy winners) and Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame. Mr. Clement is currently an assistant professor and Artist-in-Residence at Atlanta's Georgia State University.