Simon Bailey

Simon Bailey


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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.


Full Biography

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.

Guest appearances have included his role debut as Kaspar Der Freischütz for Oper Stuttgart, Leporello Don Giovanni for his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, returning the following season for Sirocco in Chabrier´s L´étoile and the four villains Les contes d´Hoffmann in Basel and Stuttgart.  Further roles include returning to the role of Leporello for the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Switzerland alongside Erwin Schrott and Veronique Gens.  Simon was also to be seen in 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 Lille; Don Bartolo Il barbiere di Siviglia and Procolo Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali at Teatro alla Scala; Don Basilio Il barbiere di Siviglia in Beijing; Truffaldino Ariadne auf Naxos at the Theater an der Wien; Zuniga Carmen for the Glyndebourne Festival, Nicanor/Satan in David Felicien’s Herculanum for Wexford Festival Opera and his role debut as Jochanaan Salome for Oper Stuttgart.  Simon continues his long standing and ongoing relationship with Oper Frankfurt and recent roles there have included Gunther Götterdämmerung in the Oper Frankfurt Ring cycle, Figaro Le nozze di Figaro, Achilla Giulio Cesare, Alfonso Cosi fan tutte, Gelone L´orontea, Redburn Billy Budd, Klingsor Parsifal, Don Magnifico Cenerentola and as a last-minute replacement for Oper Frankfurt as Fernando Villabella in La gazza ladra, learning the role overnight.

In addition to Covent Garden, Simon’s UK appearances have included Shaklovity Khovanshchina, Shishkov From the House of the Dead, Kutuzov War & Peace for Welsh National Opera and appearances at the St Magnus Festival.

Simon has also excelled in more contemporary repertoire having taken on the demanding roles of Mizoguchi in Mayazumi’s Kinkakuji for Opéra National du Rhin, Strasbourg, Adam Ochsenschwanz in Krenek’s Schwergewicht for Oper Frankfurt, Kelvin in Dai Fujikura’s Solaris at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Japan, Noam Sheriff’s Revival of the Dead in Berlin and the Italian première of Alisdair Nicolson’s I, Pilgrim in Rome.

Previous and future appearances on the concert platform include Kaspar Der Freischütz with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Royal Festival Hall, Bach Weihnachtsoratorium in Gießen, Wetzlar and Frankfurt, , 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.

Engagements in 2018/2019 included Shishkov House of the Dead for WNO at the Brno Festival, Hänsel und Gretel and Budivoj Dalibor in Frankfurt, Counsel for the Plaintiff Trial by Jury for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (John Wilson), Dinosaurus Magnus in Borboudakis’ Z at the Munich Festival and War & Peace for WNO at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Engagements in 2019/2020 include Aristaeus the Myth/Charon in the new production of The Mask of Orpheus for English National Opera, Peter Hänsel und Gretel in Frankfurt, Klingsor Parsifal for Opéra National du Rhin, Strasbourg, Balstrode Peter Grimes and Kurwenal in the new production of Tristan und Isolde for Oper Frankfurt.

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Hazard Chase singers in Orpheus Series

September 27th, 2019

English National Opera’s Autumn 2019 season

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Smetana in Frankfurt

February 20th, 2019

Simon Bailey takes a leading role in Smetana’s Dalibor at Oper Frankfurt

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From the House of the Dead

November 27th, 2018

Hazard Chase artists repeat their roles at this year’s Brno Festival

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‘Tis the Season

November 26th, 2018

HC artists’ concert performances this festive period

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Tolstoy’s epic at Welsh National Opera

September 7th, 2018

Hazard Chase artists take major roles in War & Peace

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Wagner – PARSIFAL – Opéra National du Rhin, Strasbourg

“On the other hand, no reservations concerning Simon Bailey´s ideal, incisive and very clear Klingsor….”
Altamusica, Yannick Millon

“Simon Bailey´s Klingsor has significant lyrical qualities…”
NMZ online, Georg Rudiger

“Simon Bailey portrays Klingsor’s cruelty in the highest registers of his bass-baritone, whilst maintaining the lowest notes, range and diction from start to finish.”, Céline Wadoux

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Prokofiev – WAR AND PEACE – WNO at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

“Simon Bailey’s Kutuzov stole Act Two. Craggy-toned, the old wardog lurched scowling about the stage with crutches and an eyepatch. There’s your Mussorgskian grotesquery right there.”
Richard Bratby, The Spectator

“The fourth major role is that of the one-eyed Field Marshal Kutuzov to which Simon Bailey brings a shambling swagger and pugnacious delivery.”
Michael Johnson, Concertonet

“Simon Bailey’s Kutuzov, too, is astonishing, his soliloquy absolutely gripping vocally, musically and dramatically.”
Colin Clarke, seenandheard-international

“Simon Bailey produced fabulously detailed portrayal of General Kutuzov…..Bailey was superb in the role. His Kutuzov was a one-eyed long-haired eccentric, who hobbled around with the aid of a stick, whose natural authority was unquestionable. He has a warm agile bass-baritone, sings with precision, clearly articulates his words, and phrases with care and intelligence. It was a dominant, magnetic, and powerful performance.”
Alan Neilson, Operawire

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Prokofiev – WAR AND PEACE – Welsh National Opera

“Yet War and Peace remains a miracle of compression for all that with only a few scenes that outstay their welcome, for example the council of war that precedes a powerful soliloquy by Field Marshal Kutuzov (an outstanding performance by Simon Bailey)”
Mark Valencia, Bachtrack (July 2019)

“…a magnificently passionate and charismatic Simon Bailey”
Gary Naylor, Broadwayworld (July 2019)

An Evening of Gilbert & Sullivan: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (John Wilson)

“Simon Bailey and the men of the Choir of the Age of the Enlightenment offered pitch-perfect Verdian pastiche in Ruddigore’s “Painted Emblems of a Race” and “When the Night Wind Howls”, supported with hilarious, icy sobriety from Wilson and the band… There can be no complaint about Simon Bailey’s Counsel for the Plaintiff though, [Trial By Jury] the best voice of the night: luxurious, orotund, totally convincing in its pomposity and self-assurance.”
Benjamin Poore, Bachtrack (April 2019)

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Wagner – PARSIFAL, Bochum

“All soloists produced extraordinary performances and enchanted the Bochum audience without exception. Simon Bailey was especially imposing as Gurnemanz. The bass-baritone filled the long monologues of role with limitless expression and excellent textual clarity.”

Peter E.Rytz, Peter E. Rytz Review (April 2019)

Tchaikovsky – WAR AND PEACE – Welsh National Opera

“Simon Bailey produced fabulously detailed portrayal of General Kutozov… Bailey was superb in the role. His Kutuzov was a one-eyed long-haired eccentric, who hobbled around with the aid of a stick, whose natural authority was unquestionable. He has a warm agile bass-baritone, sings with precision, clearly articulates his words, and phrases with care and intelligence. It was a dominant, magnetic, and powerful performance.”

Alan Neilson, (November 2018)

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Mayazumi – KINKAKUJI – Opéra National du Rhin, Strasbourg

“The drama is centred on Mizoguchi, as previously mentioned, assumed by the magnificent performance of Simon Bailey. Both complex and confused, violent and powerless, this character requires the contradictory facets of character, and voice, in which the British baritone succeeds admirably.”
Victoria Okada, (March 2018)

“And with Simon Bailey, who until 2015 was in the Frankfurt Opera ensemble, we have a singer actor who commanded the undivided attention of the audience…..Even more admirable is Bailey’s command of the text as if it were his mother tongue”
Lotte Thaler, Frankfurt Allgemeine (March 2018)

´In the overwhelming role of Mizoguchi, Simon Bailey carries the evening on his shoulders, almost constantly on stage, without ever allowing the tortured and conflicted nature of the character to afflict his voice´
Laurent Bury, (March 2018)

“In the role of Mizoguchi, Simon Bailey brings clarity with his sonorous, contoured bass-baritone and his excellent clarity of text is evident: “Kinkakuji must burn!” (March 2018)

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Discography & Repertoire



Live recording from Oper Frankfurt with Eva-Maria Westbroek (Minnie), Carlo Ventre (Dick), Ashley Holland (Rance) and Simon Bailey (Sonora).  Conducted by Sebastian Weigle

OEHMS (2014)

Artist Manager

John McHugh (Cambridge)
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Associate Artist Manager

Elin Jones (Cambridge)
01223 706026