Simon Wallfisch

Simon Wallfisch

Lyric Baritone

"There was an energy and buzz every time Simon Wallfisch was on stage..." Opera Today
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«there was an energy and buzz every time Simon Wallfisch was on stage. His voice was well-supported and communicated with directness; this was a confident performance, musically and dramatically."»
Opera Today (2017)
«"Simon Wallfisch brought a gauche, earnest energy to Pelléas that made the character painfully believable. He has a voice tailor-made for the role."»
opera magazine (2017)
«"Wallfisch has a splendid voice, true and well-supported... [He] also has great comic timing, but in addition Wallfisch has the looks and charisma to make him a name to watch out for."»
Broadway baby (2017)
2017Berlioz: Benvenuto CelliniFieramosca
2017Verdi: RigolettoCount Ceprano
2017Puccini: La BohèmeSchaunard
2016Puccini: La BohèmeMarcello
2015Debussy: Pelléas et MélisandePelléas
2015Massenet: WertherAlbert
2014Bizet: CarmenEscamillo
2013Bizet: CarmenEscamillo
2012Donizetti: L'elisir d'amoreBelcore
2012Leoncavallo: PagliacciSilvio
2012Britten: Billy BuddBilly Budd
2012Britten: Albert HerringSid
2012Mozart: Die ZauberflötePapageno
2012Mozart: Cosi fan tutteGuglielmo
2012Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroConte d'Almaviva
2012Mozart: Don GiovanniDon Giovanni
2012Stravinsky: The Rake's ProgressNick Shadow
2000Verdi: RigolettoMarullo
1990Fixed positions etc.Baritone

Bio


Born in London into a musical family, Simon Wallfisch studied cello, voice and conducting at the Royal College of Music between 2000 and 2006.

During his studies in London, he was awarded several prizes including The Georg Solti Foundation, Emmy Destinn Foundation, Giuseppe Di Stefano Competition Sicily, The DAAD, Countess of Munster Trust, The English Speaking Union and the Royal Overseas League "Young Singer of Promise"2005.

In 2006 Wallfisch left London for studies in Berlin (Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik 2006-2007) and Leipzig (Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy 2007-2009) During this time he appeared as guest artist in several roles at the Leipzig Opera (Basilio), Magdeburg, Dessau (7 Todsünden), Altenburg-Gera (Das Opernschiff), Potsdam Sans Souci (Una Festa Teatrale), and the Ludwigsberger Schloss Festspiele.

Subsequently he was engaged at the International Opera Studio of the Zurich Opera House (2009-2012).

Recent roles include FIERAMOSCA in Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini (Staatsoper Nürnberg 2016) MARCELLO Puccini La Boheme (Teatro Verdi Casciana Terme, Pisa 2016) ESCAMILLO La Tragedie de Carmen (National Reis Opera, Holland 2013). PELLEAS and ALBERT (English Touring Opera 2015).

In January 2015, Simon Wallfisch broadcast as soloist and conductor to 3 Million viewers BBC 2 Television, he is frequently invited to perform live on Radio 3. A documentary film about his family was made for ARTE and ZDF. He has appeared on Bayerische Rundfunk/Fernsehen, Mittel Deutsche and Nord Deutsche Rundfunk and Schweizer Rundfunk SRF2. He was recently featured artist on Arte Geschichte Der Musik, broadcast in January 2016. He has appeared as a cameo role in the film: "Starter for 10" starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and is also featured on Film: "Summer in February" starring Dominic Cooper.

His growing number of recordings with regular duo partner Edward Rushton include Songs of Geoffrey Bush on Lyrita Records and French Songs on Nimbus Records. Other pianists with whom Simon has collaborated include Iain Farrington, Graham Johnson, Lada Valesova and Julius Drake.

In international demand as concert artist and recitalist, Simon has performed in Demark, Sweden, France, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, Australia and Canada. Including the Oxford Lieder Festival, London Purcell Room, St Georges Brandon Hill Bristol, King's Place, London Song Festival, Allwyn Festival, Lichfield Festival, International Wimbledon Festival, Leamington Music Festival, The Lieder Society of Victoria (Australia) and several festivals across France, Italy and Switzerland. In 2016, he worked closely alongside Murray Perahia for the Jerusalem Music Centre in Israel, teaching singing and directing a youth choir. He gave a recital with Julius Drake in the 2016 Schwerin Verfaemte Musik Festival where he was also a jury member for the 2016 competition. He is a trustee of the International Centre for Supressed Music (ICSM) dedicated to research and performance of suppressed composers. Passionate about music education, Simon has a busy teaching studio.

Simon is also very active as a musical comedian, thrilling audiences as The Singing Cellist, with a combination of musical satire and original arrangements for voice and cello. This act has seen him take on London's famous Leicester Square Theatre, late night in the Bechstein Room of the Wigmore Hall and in 2017, Wallfisch will collaborate with celebrated musical comedy duo Igudesman and Joo in a new original show.


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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini Fieramosca Immediately Staatstheater Nürnberg und Philharmonisches Orchester der Stadt Nürnberg 2017
Verdi: Rigoletto Count Ceprano No 2 2017
Puccini: La Bohème Schaunard No 1 2017
Puccini: La Bohème Marcello Immediately teatro Verdi pisa 2016
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande Pelléas Immediately English Touring Opera 2015

Awards

Countess of munster trust
2017
royal overseas league young singer of promise
2017
di stefano mister bianco prize
2017