Clay Hilley

American heldentenor, Clay Hilley, is poised for a prominent international career in the most demanding roles of the operatic repertory. From Bacchus to Florestan and Canio to Laca, the Georgia native has been acclaimed by The New York Times for his “vocal heft, clarion sound and stamina.”

Engagements of the recent past include Parsifal with Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the Metropolitan Opera, Der Ring des Nibelungen with Donald Runnicles and Turandot conducted by Nicola Luisotti at San Francisco Opera, Siegfried at the Canadian Opera Company led by Johannes Debus, and Samson et Dalila under the baton of Emmanuel Villaume at The Dallas Opera.

Clay Hilley has performed the title roles of Dvořák’s Dimitrij in a new production by Anne Bogart for the Bard Music Festival conducted by Leon Botstein and Mozart’s Idomeneo both in a new production by Arila Siegert at the Salzburger Landestheater under the baton of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and at the Theater Würzburg in a production by Stefan Suschke conducted by Enrico Calesso.

Concert experience includes performances of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with John DeMain and the Madison Symphony Orchestra and with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra and Das Lied von der Erde with The Apollo Orchestra of Washington, D.C., as well as Strauss’ Feuersnot with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra for his Carnegie Hall debut.