Carmina Burana’s soloist, James Clayton (Baritone) share some thoughts about his life and also about the concert with us in September

“I’m so looking forward to this performance in particular as it’s a dream line up of soloists and of course maestro Marc Taddei at the helm”

The first time I performed this work I learned to expect the unexpected. Having prepared it in an oratorio “stand and deliver” style, the conductor promptly explained to me that this piece was “opera” and I should feel free to move and emote in any way I saw fit. This was a gift as it’s often difficult switching from fully staged opera to oratorio or concert work.

I had also very carefully paced myself for the 2 performances I was booked for, and had my recovery time down to the required 22 hours before the next evening, only to have both performances sell out and a 3rd performance booked for a matinee the next day – I really found out what I was made of then!

I’m so looking forward to this performance in particular as it’s a dream line-up of soloists and of course maestro Marc Taddei at the helm whom I’ve worked with many times including this work – and loved every minute of it. The first full rehearsal is always a moment where I just sit back and let the O Fortuna just wash over me; there’s something indescribable about that opening chord sequence with the choir that just makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end every single time.

It will also be great to finally visit Dunedin as I somehow keep missing it on my travels, I’ve heard a lot about the place and met a lot of people from there but never actually been there so this will certainly be a sense of completion for me in that regard, and what better reason to come than to perform this masterwork!