Paul Charles Clarke
Don José Paul Charles Clarke made his Seattle Opera debut as the Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto in 1995, and has returned to Seattle to sing Tamino in Mozart’s Zauberflöte, Alfredo in Verdi’s Traviata, Rodolfo in Puccini’s Bohème, and Anatol in Barber’s Vanessa. He last appeared with Seattle Opera as Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in 2000. Clarke made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1996 as Jeník in Smetana’s Bartered Bride, and he has returned often, most recently to sing Jacquino in Beethoven’s Fidelio and Alfred in J. Strauss, Jr.’s Fledermaus. Other U.S. credits for this Liverpool-born tenor include the Duke at Santa Fe Opera, Alfredo and Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly for Houston Grand Opera, and Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon for Dallas Opera. In Great Britain, Clarke has appeared at Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North, and English National Opera as well as at Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Clarke’s numerous other international credits include the Duke, Alfred, and Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff in Japan and the title role of Massenet’s Werther and Pinkerton at Deutsche Oper Berlin.