Having sung for several seasons in the solo ensemble for Oper Frankfurt, Simon is now gaining an increasing number of guest appearances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Theater Basel, Staatstheater Stuttgart, De Vlaamse Opera and at the Glyndebourne and Gstaad Festivals. Excelling as a singer/actor Simon has great success in a variety of roles ranging from buffo through to the more dramatic bass-baritone repertoire such as Jochanaan and Klingsor. Simon also sings regularly on the concert platform throughout Germany, where he is based, and has also guested with Nagoya Philharmonic (Japan) and with BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Simon Bailey has received much praise for his interpretations of a diverse and eclectic range of over 100 principal roles and repertoire. A choral scholarship at Clare College, Cambridge preceded postgraduate study at the RNCM Manchester as a Peter Moores Foundation scholar, and at the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
In 2002 Simon was invited by incoming Intendant, Bernd Loebe, to join the company of the Oper Frankfurt where he remained until 2015. Simon has since developed a highly successful career on both the operatic and concert stages, in demand with leading opera houses and orchestras throughout Europe.
Plans for 2016/2017 and beyond include Nicanor/Satan in David Felicien’s Herculanum for Wexford Festival Opera, Christ on the Mount for the RTE Concert Orchestra, The Kingdom in Bad Homburg, Köln and Bonn, further performances as Leporello for Oper Frankfurt, his role debut as Jochanaan Salome for Staatsoper Stuggart and Adam Ochsenschwanz in Krenek’s Schwergewicht for Oper Frankfurt, as well as appearances with Welsh National Opera and Opéra National du Rhin, Strasbourg.
Highlights in 2015/16 included role debuts as Kaspar Der Freischütz for Oper Stuttgart, Gunther Götterdämmerung in the Oper Frankfurt Ring cycle; a return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Sirocco in Chabrier´s L´étoile; reprising the roles of Figaro Le nozze di Figaro and Achilla GiulioCesare in Frankfurt. Simon also appeared as Kaspar Der Freischütz with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Royal Festival Hall, and as a last-minute replacement for Oper Frankfurt as Fernando Villabella in La gazza ladra, learning the role overnight, and in Stuttgart as four villains Les contes d´Hoffmann.
Highlights in 2014/15 included his debut as the four villains Les contes d´Hoffmann with Oper Basel; Peter Hänsel und Gretel in the new Keith Warner production at Oper Frankfurt; reprising the role of Leporello Don Giovanni for his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and with Oper Frankfurt; Gelone L´orontea with Ivor Bolton in Frankfurt; Klingsor Parsifal and Don Magnifico Cenerentola in Frankfurt. Bailey ended the season as Leporello once more, for the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Switzerland alongside Erwin Schrott and Veronique Gens.
Further operatic appearances include the title role in Mozart´s Le nozze di Figaro at Teatro alla Scala; Méphistophélès in Terry Gilliam’s production of Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust in Antwerp; Achilla in Giulio Cesare in Frankfurt and Lille; Don Bartolo Il barbiere di Siviglia and Procolo Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali at Teatro alla Scala; Redburn Billy Budd at Oper Frankfurt; Don Basilio Il barbiere di Siviglia in Beijing; Truffaldino Ariadne auf Naxos at the Theater an der Wien; Zuniga Carmen for the Glyndebourne Festival.
Previous and future appearances on the concert platform include Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Tampere Filharmonia in Finland; Handel’s Messiah with the Royal Society at the Royal Albert Hall; Mendelssohn Paulus and Handel Jephtha in Maulbronn; Handel Saul at the Kölner Philharmonie; Haydn Die Schöpfung in Dublin; Gurnemanz Parsifal in Bad Homburg and Wiesbaden; Sulpice La fille du Regiment and David L´amico Fritz in Moscow; Mendelssohn Elias in Giessen and Wetzlar. A keen recitalist, Bailey has recently performed Schubert´s Schwanengesang in Mainz, Cambridge and Monmouth.
Simon Bailey won first prize in the Internazionale Concorso `Musica Sacra` 2005 in Rome.
“Particularly noteworthy is the internationally sought after bass-baritone Simon Bailey, who has appeared in the opera houses of Frankfurt, Vienna and Glyndebourne, and at La Scala, Milan, who shone in the role of the jealous Prophet Elijah with a sovereign, gripping interpretation….. As the protagonist Elijah, Simon Bailey fulfilled this task with vocal brilliance and agility. He clearly, concisely and powerfully let the angry prophet rage in ´Is not his word like a fire´, before portraying the prophet´s pain and resignation in the aria “It is enough!” with infinite tenderness.” Gießener Anzeiger (June 2016)
Weber – DER FREISCHÜTZ, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Royal Festival Hall)