Richard Clement studied voice at Georgia State University and at the Cincinnati Conservatory. He was a Tanglewood Music Festival Fellow in 1990 and 1991, a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio in the 1991–92 season, and the winner of a 1994 Richard Tucker Music Foundation Jacobson Study Grant. He made his New York City Opera debut as Tamino in The Magic Flute during the 1997–98 season, and his other engagements have included the Vancouver Opera and the Boston Lyric Opera, as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Fenton in Falstaff, Little Bat McLean in Susannah, and Nanki-Poo in The Mikado. In concert in North America, he has sung Mao Tse-tung in John Adams’s Nixon in China (with the Brooklyn Philharmonic conducted by Robert Spano) and Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (with the New York Philharmonic under Sir Colin Davis). He has also appeared with premier orchestras throughout the United States under such conductors as Charles Dutoit, Christopher Hogwood, Neeme Järvi, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Robert Shaw, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Hugh Wolff. Abroad he has sung in Bach’s Mass in B minor with Seiji Ozawa at Japan’s Saito Kinen Festival, and in Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht and Symphony no. 2 (Lobgesang) with Kurt Masur and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
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