Graham Clark was born in Lancashire, England and made his professional debut in 1975 at the Scottish Opera. From 1978 to 1985, he was a member of the English National Opera. He received three nominations for “Outstanding Individual Achievement in Opera” (1983, 1986 and 1993) as well as numerous other distinctions (the “Sir Laurence Olivier Award” in 1986, The “Sir Reginald Goodall Memorial Award” in 2001, and the “Sherwin Award” in 2009). He was made an Honorary Doctor of Letters by Loughborough University and an Honorary Bachelor of Science in 2009.
He has appeared in over a hundred performances over sixteen seasons at the Bayreuth Festival singing the roles of Loge and Mime (The Ring Cycle), David (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg), the Steersman (The Flying Dutchman), and Melot and Seemann (Tristan et Isolde). He makes regular guest appearances at New York’s Metropolitan Opera (Loge and Mime; Begearrs during the world premiere of The Ghosts of Versailles, Captain Vere in Billy Budd, Steva in Jenůfa, Herodias in Salomé, the Captain in Wozzeck, Gregor in The Makropulos Affair, the Prince and the Marquis in Lulu, and the Dance Master in Ariane auf Naxos). He has performed on many of the world’s great opera stages and at numerous international festivals (Aix, Edinburgh, the BBC Proms, Lucerne, etc.).
He has made several audio and video recordings, including The Makropulos Affair (Toronto), The Ghosts of Versailles (Metropolitan), The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, The Flying Dutchman, the Ring Cycle (Bayreuth Festival), Wozzeck (Berlin Staatsoper and the Metropolitan Opera), The Rake’s Progress (Glyndebourne), The Trial of Socrates (Luxembourg), Khovanshchina (Barcelona), and the Ring Cycle (Amsterdam and Barcelona). Over the last few seasons he has appeared in Wozzeck, Metanoia, Lulu, The Mastersingers at Berlin’s Staatsoper, Lear and The Makropulos Affair at the Frankfurt Opera, Der Schatzgräber at the Amsterdam Opera, Capriccio at the Paris Opera, Hänsel und Gretel at the Northern Ireland Opera, Falstaff at the Glyndebourne Festival, La Fanciulla del West at the English National Opera, In Parenthesis at the Welsh National Opera, Capriccio and Tristan and Isolde at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, From the House of the Dead in London, Brussels and Lyon.
Monsieur Taupe (Capriccio) in Frankfurt, an old prisoner (From the House of Royal Opera)