American lyric soprano Kristin Clayton created a sensation when she sang the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s “At the Statue of Venus” for the grand opening of Denver’s new Caulkins Opera House, replacing Renee Fleming for whom the work had been commissioned. Upcoming and most recent engagements include The Golden Ticket for Opera Theatre of St. Louis Jake Heggie's Three Decembers with the Houston Grand Opera and the San Francisco Opera, Street Scene with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Don Giovanni for Walnut Creek Opera and a Gala Concert for the re-opening of the historic Asolo Opera House in Sarasota, Florida opposite Susan Graham.
Kristin Clayton began the 2003/2004 with the San Francisco Opera singing her first Nedda in I Pagliacci and returned for Fiordilgi in Cosi fan tutte. Miss Clayton made her 1994 San Francisco Opera debut singing in the world premiere of Susa's The Dangerous Liaisons (telecast nationally on "Great Performances" on PBS), was featured as Wellgunde in the opening night production of Das Rheingold during the company's 1999 Ring Festival and in Massenet`s Herodiade with Placido Domingo and Renee Fleming, (recorded and released by Sony Classical).
In this past seasons she sang Echo in the critically acclaimed production of Ariadne auf Naxos, Mimi in La Boheme for Chautauqua Opera and sang Mendelssohn's Lobgesang with the Kalamazoo Symphony. Her most recent roles include Violetta in La Traviata and Magda in La Rondine with Chautauqua Opera and Norina in Don Pasquale and Micaela in the adaptation of Bizet's Carmen: La tragédie de Carmen by Peter Brook with Festival Opera in Walnut Creek, CA.
While a member of the San Francisco Opera Center and an Adler Fellow, she performed in Showcase productions of Tippett's King Priam (Andromache) and Handel's Ezio (Onoria). At Wolftrap Opera, Miss Clayton sang Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte and as a member of San Francisco Opera's Merola Program, she sang Rosalinde and Adele in Die Fledermaus with Western Opera Theatre. Additional opera credits include the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Micaela in Carmen, Virtue in L'Incoronazione di Poppea, the title roles in Zaïde and Suor Angelica and a Wood Nymph in Rusalka for the San Francisco Opera.
Her orchestral engagements with the San Francisco Symphony have included a tribute to Leonard Bernstein and a semi-staged revival of On the Town, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. She recently performed the Verdi Requiem with Modesto Symphony and Poulenc`s Gloria and Orff`s Carmina Burana with the San Mateo Masterworks Chorale.
Miss Clayton is featured on a recording of songs by American composer Jake Heggie titled "The Faces of Love" (RCA-Red Seal) and sang the role of Sister Helen Prejean in the workshop of the new Jake Heggie/Terrence McNally opera Dead Man Walking. She sang a solo recital on the acclaimed Schwabacher Debut Recital series, performing the world premiere of Heggie's song cycle, Eve Song, commissioned especially for her. Last season in San Diego, she sang a solo recital accompanied by Maestro Donald Runnicles.