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American Bass Wm. Clay Thompson has been praised by Opera News for his “mahogany-timbred” voice. A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Mr. Thompson recently completed his second year as a Resident Artist with Minnesota Opera, and is known for his "...strong, rich, and warm color, yet the ability to cross over into bass-baritone repertoire." Last season’s engagements included the cover of Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Santa Fe Opera as well as cancelled performances as Zuniga in Carmen with Arizona Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. The 2021-2022 season sees him make his Metropolitan Opera debut in the Octet for Brett Dean’s Hamlet. In addition, he will cover the Master of Ceremonies in Cinderella with The Metropolitan Opera and will sing Zuniga in Carmen with Arizona Opera.

Mr. Thompson’s 2019-2020 season included reprising the role of Suleyman Pasha in The Ghosts of Versailles at the Chateau de Versailles Spectacles in France, Handel’s Messiah with Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra,  a series of Opera UNTRAPPED online concerts with Wolf Trap Opera, and his return the Minnesota Opera as Leporello in Don Giovanni (cancelled).

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