Meet WNO

Michael Clifton-Thompson


Michael studied singing with Irene Livingstone and later with Freddie Coz at the Royal Northern College of Music. Prior to joining WNO, he worked in local government and as a police officer. 

Michael’s personal highlights with WNO are many and varied, recording with world-class singers including Pavarotti and Joan Sutherland and concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and a joint concert with the BBC Singers at the Alter Oper in Frankfurt conducted by Georg Solti. He also reflects: 'We once lived in Paris for a month when rehearsing and performing Beethoven's Leonora and Fidelio at the Champs Elysees Theatre. A wonderful opportunity to experience Parisian life during the lead up to Christmas.'

Away from WNO, Michael plays squash for a local team, enjoys open water swimming, skiing, cycling and walking.