Biography of Clapton Nicholas:
Nicholas Clapton was born in Worcester and read Music at Magdalen College, Oxford. He made his professional debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1984, since when he has pursued a wide-ranging career in opera, oratorio and recital throughout Britain and Europe, in the Far East and in the USA. While particularly well-known for his performance of contemporary music
(he has given seventeen world premieres), he is also equally at home in the heroic castrato repertoire of the eighteenth century, having played the great Farinelli on stage on several occasions. In recital he has been privileged to work with Jennifer Partridge for some nineteen years.
Also increasingly in demand as a teacher, Nicholas Clapton is a professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music and gives regular master-classes at the Dartington International Summer School. He has also taught at the Zeneakadémia in Budapest, in Belgrade, Prague and the Netherlands. His biography of “Alessandro Moreschi, The Last Castrato” was published in 2004, and was one of the books of the year in 2005 for the “Tablet” magazine. In June of that year he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Liberal Arts by the Liszt Ferenc Music University, Budapest. His article on Farinelli’s vocal techniques for the Journal of the British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies was recently published, and he was presenter for the documentary “Castrato” in BBC 4’s series “The Century that Made Us”. His research on the castrati led to him curating the exhibition, “Handel and the Castrati”, at the Handel House Museum, London, and writing articles for publications as diverse as the Daily Express, Country Life and Fortean Times.