Wm Clay

Wm Clay Thompson
(He/His) American Bass Wm Clay Thompson is gaining recognition in major festivals, opera houses, and competitions both nationally and internationally. Following two seasons as a Resident Artist at Minnesota Opera, he returns to Wolf Trap Opera for his first season as a Filene Artist singing scenes of Prince Gremin And Nick Shadow.
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Wm Clay Thompson

American Bass Wm. Clay Thompson has been praised by Opera News for his “mahogany-timbred” voice. A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Thompson recently completed his second year as a Resident Artist with Minnesota Opera, and is known for his "...strong, rich, and warm color, yet the ability to cross over into bass-baritone repertoire." 

Thompson’s 2018/19 Season at Minnesota Opera included performances as Dottore Grenvil in La traviata, the French General in Silent Night. Crébillon in La rondine, and Charles Comiskey in the world premiere of Joel Puckett's The Fix. Additionally, he returned to The Glimmerglass Festival in the summer of 2019, where he performed as Suleyman Pasha in The Ghosts of Versailles, Dottore Grenvil in Francesca Zambello's La traviata, and the title role in Benjamin Britten's Noah's Flood. Upcoming engagements include his return the Minnesota Opera as Leporello in Don Giovanni.

The 2017-18 Season saw Thompson in roles at Minnesota Opera including Antonio in The Marriage of Figaro, Second Prison Guard in Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, and Palémon in Thaïs.

A current Filene Artist for Wolf Trap Opera, Thompson is singing scenes of Eugene Onegin as Prince Gremin and The Rakes Progress as Nick Shadow.

Upcoming engagements include his return the Minnesota Opera as Leporello in Don Giovanni and Zuniga in Carmen at Arizona Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City.

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