Life and career
Clifford Grant was born in Sydney. In 1966, he joined Sadler's Wells Opera company and on 20 December 1974 he had his debut at the Royal Opera House in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, in the role of Doctor Bartolo. His Metropolitan Opera debut took place two years later when he created the role of Emperor Phorcas in the Met's premiere of Massenet's Esclarmonde. He retired from the stage in 1990.
Grant participated in numerous recordings of operas, such as: Norma, Esclarmonde, the collection of all late Italian operas by Mozart, Lakmé, Lucia di Lammermoor, Les Huguenots, Tosca, Ernani, I Lombardi, Rigoletto, and Wagner's Ring cycle (sung in English, with Sadler's Wells Opera). His performances were well reviewed.