|Born in Littleborough in Lancashire,
Graham Clark studied with Bruce Boyce and began his operatic career with
Scottish Opera in 1975. He was a Company Principal at ENO (1978-85).
He has performed with all of the leading UK opera houses and his extensive international career includes performances in Aix-en-Provence, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin (Deutsche Oper, Deutsche Staatsoper), Bilbao, Biwako, Bonn, Brussels, Catania, Chicago, Dallas, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamamatsu, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Madrid (Teatro Real, Teatro de la Zarzuela), Matsumoto (Saito Kinen), Milan (La Scala), Munich, Nagoya, Nice, Paris (Opéra Bastille, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Palais Garnier), Rome, Salzburg, San Francisco, Stockholm, Tokyo, Toronto, Toulouse, Turin, Vancouver, Vienna (Staatsoper), Yokohama, Zurich and in particular at the Bayreuth Festival, where he has performed over a hundred times and at The Metropolitan Opera, where he has performed 82 times.
Graham Clark is especially associated with the works of Wagner and has performed Loge and Mime / Der Ring des Nibelungen over 275 times. His extensive repertoire includes Mephistopheles / Busoni’s Doktor Faust, for which he won an Olivier Award, Bégearss in the world premiere of The Ghosts of Versailles; Captain Vere / Billy Budd, Steva / Jenůfa, Herodes / Salome, Hauptmann / Wozzeck, Gregor / The Makropulos Case, Prinz, Kammerdiener and Marquis / Lulu and Tanzmeister / Ariadne auf Naxos. He made his acting début as Socrates in The Trial of Socrates, Plato’s Apology at the Grand Théâtre, Luxembourg in 2011.
In concert, Graham Clark has performed at venues and festivals all over the globe including in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bamberg, Berlin, Brussels, Canaries, Chicago, Cologne, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, London (Proms), Lucerne, Milan, Paris, Rome, Tel Aviv and Washington.
He has recorded extensively with the BBC, BMG, Challenge Classics, Chandos, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Erato, Etcetera, EuroArts, Oehms Classics, Opera Rara, Opus Arte, Philips, Profil, Sony, Teldec, The Met New York, United Artists, Warner Classics and WizArt. DVDs include Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Der fliegende Holländer, Der Ring des Nibelungen (Bayreuther Festspiele); The Ghosts of Versailles, Wozzeck (The Metropolitan Opera, New York); Der Ring des Nibelungen, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Khovanshchina (Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona); Der Ring des Nibelungen (De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam); The Makropulos Case (Canadian Opera, Toronto); Wozzeck (Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin); The Rake’s Progress (Glyndebourne Festival Opera) and The Trial of Socrates (Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg).
Recent and future engagements include Wozzeck and Metanoia / Berlin Staatsoper, Reimann’s Lear and Makropoulos Case / Oper Frankfurt, Schreker’s Der Schatzgräber / De Nederlandse Opera, Hänsel und Gretel / Northern Ireland Opera and Los Angeles Opera Company, Falstaff / G/lyndebourne and Capriccio / Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Graham Clark has received three nominations, including an EMMY, for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Opera. He was awarded the Sir Laurence Olivier Award for his performance of Mephistopheles at English National Opera in 1986, the Sir Reginald Goodall Memorial Award by the Wagner Society, London in 2001 and the Sherwin Award by The Wagner Society of Southern California in 2009.
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Graham Clark at Lyric Opera of Chicago
1992-93 - Bartered Bride (Vašek) with Daniels, Rosenshein, Rose, Kraft; Bartoletti
1993-94 - Wozzeck (Captain) with Grundheber, Harries, Kaasch, Svendén, Bailey; R. Buckley (cond), D. Alden (dir)
1994-95 - Siegfried (Mime) with Jerusalem, Morris, Marton/Eaglen, Maultsby, Wlaschiha, Halfvarson; Mehta, Everding, Conklin (sets)
1995-96 - Ghosts of Versailles (Bégearss) with Greenawald, Hagegård, Croft, McNair, White, Jones; Slatkin, Graham, Conklin, Tallchief (ballet)
Ring (complete) Rheingold (Loge) with Morris, Wlaschiha, Lipovšek, Maultsby; Mehta, Everding, Conklin
Siegfried (Mime) with same cast as above except Salminen for Halfvarson
© 1992 Bruce Duffie
This conversation was recorded in an office at Orchestra Hall in Chicago on January 23, 1992. Portions were broadcast on WNIB the following year, and again in 2000. This transcription was made in 2014, and posted on this website at that time. My thanks to British soprano Una Barry for her help in preparing this website presentation.
To see a full list (with links) of interviews which have been transcribed and posted on this website, click here.
Award - winning broadcaster Bruce Duffie was with WNIB, Classical 97 in Chicago from 1975 until its final moment as a classical station in February of 2001. His interviews have also appeared in various magazines and journals since 1980, and he now continues his broadcast series on WNUR-FM, as well as on Contemporary Classical Internet Radio.You are invited to visit his website for more information about his work, including selected transcripts of other interviews, plus a full list of his guests. He would also like to call your attention to the photos and information about his grandfather, who was a pioneer in the automotive field more than a century ago. You may also send him E-Mail with comments, questions and suggestions.