Vancouver-based soprano Kallie Clayton began her musical education in her hometown of Red Deer, Alberta, earning a Music Diploma in Voice from Red Deer College. Originally pursuing a career as a singer-songwriter, Kallie was introduced to opera and decided to dedicate further studies to classical vocal music. She then went on to receive her undergraduate degree in music from the University of Alberta under the tutelage of mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Turnbull and vocal coach Shannon Hiebert. Ms. Clayton is a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Master of Music in Opera where she studied with tenor J. Patrick Raftery and was mentored by director Nancy Hermiston. During her studies, Kallie also had the privilege of participating in masterclasses with singers such as Russell Braun, Sondra Radvanovsky, Simone Osborne, and Ben Heppner.
Ms. Clayton has performed the title role of Massenet’s Manon, Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), and Mimì (La Bohème), all with the UBC Opera Ensemble. Kallie also performed the role of Pamina in the Czech Republic with the European Music Academy and in Vancouver at Bard on the Beach. Her other roles include Noémie (Cendrillon) with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, Cupidon (Orphée aux Enfers) with the University of Alberta Opera Workshop, and Linfea (La Calisto) with the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy where she was also the soprano soloist for Mozart’s Litaniae de venerabili altaris sacramento. Kallie has also been featured as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for their Tea and Trumpets concert series and Traditional Christmas Concerts. In addition to singing with the VSO, Kallie has been heard in concert with the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra, Burnaby Lyric Opera, and Opera Kelowna as well as Toronto’s MYOpera and Against the Grain Theatre.
Kallie’s most recent engagements include her role debut as Adina in Burnaby Lyric Opera’s production of L’elisir d’amore as well originating the role of Marianne in the workshop premiere of Paola Prestini and Royce Vavrek’s Silent Light at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Kallie is thrilled to be joining Calgary Opera as an Emerging Artist for their 2019/2020 season.
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