WM. CLAY THOMPSON
American Bass Wm. Clay Thompson has been praised by Opera News for his “mahogany-timbred” voice. A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Mr. Thompson is entering his second year as a Ryan Opera Center artist at Lyric Opera of Chicago where he will sing Zuniga in Carmen on the mainstage in the 2022- 2023 season and cover roles in Ernani, Le comte Ory, and others.
Known for his "...strong, rich, and warm color, [with] the ability to cross over into bass-baritone repertoire," the 2021-22 season saw him make his Metropolitan Opera debut in the Octet in Brett Dean’s Hamlet.
In addition, he covered the Master of Ceremonies in Cinderella with The Metropolitan Opera and sings Zuniga in Carmen with Arizona Opera. 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.