Bass Wm. Clay Thompson is quickly emerging as one of the most exciting young singers of today, having been credited with a "... strong, deep, and warm color, yet an ability to cross over into Bass-Baritone repertoire...". A native of Lexington, Kentucky. Mr. Thompson is a first-year Resident Artist with Minnesota Opera.
In the 2016–2017 and 2015–2016 seasons, Mr. Thompson was a Studio Artist with Wolf Trap Opera, where he sang Benoit and Alcindoro in Puccini's La bohème, Suleyman Pasha in Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles, Yakuside in Puccini's Madama Butterfly, covered the role of Collatinus in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, and performed scenes in the Studio Spotlight Scenes Program. Most recently, Clay was seen as Zuniga in Carmen during Fort Worth Opera's 2017 Festival.
Clay recently graduated from the University of North Texas, where he performed the leading role of Figaro in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Daniel Webster in Thomson's The Mother of Us All, and Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni. Other roles include; Colline (La boheme) with SOO Opera Theatre, Raymond Buck in Fort Worth Opera's world premiere of JFK, Billy Jackrabbit (La fanciulla del West) with Kentucky Opera, Olin Blitch (Susannah), Mordred (Camelot), and the Superintendent Budd (Albert Herring) at Seagle Music Colony, along with Police Sergeant (The Pirates of Penzance), Don Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro), and Leporello (Don Giovanni) with University of Kentucky Opera Theatre.
In the upcoming 2017–2018 season, Mr. Thompson will be joining Minnesota Opera's Resident Artist Program, performing Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro, the Motorcycle Cop/the First Prison Guard in Dead Man Walking, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, and Palémon in Thaïs.
For more information, visit www.WmClayThompson.com