The American tenor, Richard Clement, studied voice at Georgia State University and the Cincinnati Conservatory, where he received his Master of Music degree. He was a Tanglewood Music Festival Fellow in 1990 and 1991, was a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio in the 1991-1992 season, and the winner of a 1994 Richard Tucker Music Foundation Jacobson Study Grant.
Richard Clement made his New York City Opera debut as Tamino in The Magic Flute during the 1997-1998 season. He has performed with most of America’s major orchestras and music directors, bringing tonal beauty and superb musicality to repertoire from the baroque to the contemporary. He recently earned particular acclaim for the title role of Edward Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra and Sacramento Choral Arts Society and Orchestra. In addition he premiered - and recorded - Theofanides' The Here and Now with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, including performances in Atlanta and at New York’s Carnegie Hall (he has also sung George Frideric Handel's Messiah and concert performances of John Adams’ Doctor Atomic with them). Among the most in-demand tenors for L.v. Beethoven's Symphon No. 9, invitations include the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Oregon, Memphis, San Diego, Baltimore, Nashville, Phoenix, Colorado and Toledo Symphonies. He sang Elijah with the Memphis and Charlotte Symphonies; the Verdi Requiem with the the Santa Rosa Symphony and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Chautauqua Music Festival Orchestra; L.v. Beethoven's Missa solemnis with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and National Arts Centre Orchestra; and Haydn's Die Schöpfung with the Colorado and Puerto Rico Symphonies. In addition he has performed Belmonte in W.A. Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra; Sergei Rachmaninov's The Bells with Jeffrey Kahane and the Colorado Symphony; Orff’s Carmina Burana with Neeme Järvi and the Detroit Symphony, and two W.A. Mozart programs with Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society under Grant Llewellyn. He also sang Felix Mendelssohn's Die erste Walpurgisnacht and Symphony No. 2 (Lobgesang) with Kurt Masur and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; Toch’s Cantata of the Bitter Herbs with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; W.A. Mozart's Requiem with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and Delaware Symphony; Igor Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex with Charles Dutoit and the Montreal Symphony; Kernis’ Millenium Symphony with the Minnesota Orchestra; Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with Jeffrey Kahane and the Santa Rosa Symphony; The Bells with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall; Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ and L.v. Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
He has been guest soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra; Houston Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and collaborated with such conductors as Marin Alsop, James Conlon, Charles Dutoit, Daniel Harding, Christopher Hogwood, Neeme Järvi, Jesús López-Cobos, John Mauceri, Bobby McFerrin, Carlo Rizzi, Robert Shaw, Michael Tilson Thomas, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Hugh Wolff.
Festival engagements include Tanglewood (concert performance of Act III of Verdi’s Falstaff), L.v. Beethoven's Symphon No. 9 at both Grant Park and the Hollywood Bowl, and J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass (BWV 232) with Seiji Ozawa at Japan’s Saito Kinen Festival.
Richard Clement’s and his other engagements have included the Vancouver Opera and the Boston Lyric Opera and his considerable operatic credentials include Pedrillo in W.A. Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Sir Colin Davis and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Mao Tse-tung in John Adams’s Nixon in China with the Brooklyn Philharmonic conducted by Robert Spano; Tamino in W.A. Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at Belgium’s De Vlaamse Opera and with the Colorado Symphony. At the Vancouver Opera his roles include Nanki-Poo in The Mikado, Ferrando in W.A. Mozart's Così fan tutte, Fenton in Falstaff, Little Bat in in Susannah and Don Ottavio W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni; Ernesto in Don Pasquale at Glimmerglass Opera; Vanya in Katya Kabanova and To-No-Chujo in Tale of the Genji at Opera Theater of St. Louis; Belmonte in Entführung with the Boston Baroque; Lensky in Eugen Onegin and Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore at Opera Festival of New Jersey; Candide, Lockwood in Wuthering Heights and Fenton in Falstaff at Boston Lyric Opera; and Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring with the Atlanta Opera.
Recordings include Benjamin Britten's War Requiem with the Washington Choral Society, Béla Bartók's Cantata Profana with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (both Grammy winners) and Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame.
Richard Clement is currently on staff as a visiting lecturer at Atlanta's Georgia State University.