Simon Wilding

Simon Wilding

Basso Cantante

Currently at Royal Opera House Covent Garden
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2000Cavalli: La CalistoGiove
2000Wagner: Der fliegende HolländerDaland
2000Rossini: La donna del lagoDouglas D'Angus
2000Rossini: Guillaume TellGessler
2000Wagner: Die Walkürehunding
2000Wagner R.: Das RheingoldFafner/ fasolt
2000Britten: Billy Buddlt Radcliffe
2000Purcell: The Fairy Queendrunken poet
2000Britten: Peter GrimesHobson
2000Puccini: La Bohèmecolline
2000Puccini: Il TritticoBetto and talpa
2000Britten: The Beggar's OperaPinch wife
2000Weill: Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt MahagonnyAlaska wolf joe
2000Verdi: FalstaffPistola
2000Verdi: Un ballo in mascheraSamuel
2000John Adams: Nixon in ChinaHenry Kissinger
2000Verdi: RigolettoSparafucile
2000Mozart: Don GiovanniIl Commendatore
2000Wagner R.: ParsifalKlingsor
2000Donizetti: La fille du régimenthortensiue
2000Cimarosa: Il matrimonio segretoDon Geronimo
2000Mozart: Cosi fan tutteDon Alfonso
2000Sullivan: The Mikadopooh bah
2000Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroBartolo
2000Shostakovich: The Nosethe Clark and the doctor
2000Strauss R.: SalomeA Cappadocian/ soldier 2/ 5 th Jew
2000Sullivan: H.M.S. Pinaforedick deadeye
2000Wagner R.: Die Meistersinger von Nürnbergfoltz
2000Bizet: Carmenzuniga
2000Puccini: La Fanciulla del WestJake Wallace
2000Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dreamquince. Snug Theseus
2000Gluck: AlcesteOracle
2000Cilea: Adriana LecouvreurPrince de Bouillon
2000Mascagni: L'Amico FritzHanezò
2000Puccini: Madama ButterflyZio Bonzo
2000Wagner: GötterdämmerungHagen


Born in Leigh, Lancashire, Simon became the youngest member of the Bayreuth opera festival in 1989, when he made his debut and where he has since regularly returned.  On completion of his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Britain, he made his debut in the roles of Quince and Snug in two productions of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM, as well as Geronimo in IL MATRIMONIO il SEGRETO, Sir Walter Raleigh ROBERTO DEVEREUX, and Luka in THE BEAR which also transferred to Los Angeles at the UK/LA Festival. His Covent Garden debut came shortly after as Foltz in Graham Vick's DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG under Bernard Haitink and went on to perform the roles of the Cappadocian in SALOME under Christoph von Dohnanyi and Der Brabantische Edle in LOHENGRIN under Valery Gergiev.  His E.N.O debut followed as Count Ceprano in Jonathan Miller’s RIGOLETTO, going on to add Theseus A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM, The Drunken Poet THE FAIRY QUEEN. Recent highlights have included the roles of The Bonze in Madam Butterfly and Lt. Ratcliffe BILLY BUDD at E.N.O, Klingsor in PARSIFAL and Daland in DER FLIEGENDER HOLLANDER. After winning the Wagner Bursary award he went on to sing Fasolt in DAS RHEINGOLD and Hagen in GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG conducted by Anthony Legge. He has performed many roles at Holland Park including Alessio LA SONNAMBULA, The Priest of Baal NABUCCO, Angelotti Tosca, Tom In Un Ballo In Maschera, Il Commendatore in DON GIOVANNI, Hanezo in L’AMICO FRITZ, Count Ceprano in RIGOLETTO . For Mid Wales Opera he has performed the roles of Basilio in BARBER OF SEVILLE, Don Magnifico in LA CENERENTOLA, Alfonso in COSÌ FAN TUTTE, Keçal in THE BARTERED BRIDE Coline in LA BOHEME, Masetto and Il Commendatore in DON GIOVANNI, Monterone and Sparafucille in RIGOLETTO, Bartolo and Antonio in THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, Pistol in FALSTAFF, The Bonze in MADAME BUTTERFLY on tour in the UK. On tour with the Opera Group he has performed the roles of the Doctor the Clark in THE NOSE, Cludge in VARSAK PAW by Julian Phillips (R.O.H), The Pig in THE ENCHANTED PIG by Johnathan Dove at R.O.H. His international engagements have included Jove LA CALISTO, Pluto, Caronte and the Colonel in IL POMO D’ORO for the Batignano Festival in Italy, and Billy Jack-Rabbit in LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST and Provocolocek in THE SARALATAN  for the Wexford Festival, Zaccaria NABUCCO for the Macedonian National Opera and Jonathan Dove’s THE ENCHANTED PIG on Broadway NY.  No stranger to the concert stage, his appearances have included several performances of Verdi’s REQUIEM, including at the Royal Albert Hall under Sir David Willcocks and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Beethoven’s MESSA SOLONNEL under Jonathan Willcocks and ROSSINI STABAT  MATER with the Ulster Orchestra conducted by Christopher Bell. The role of Hobson in the Premiere of Peter Grimes in China for the Beijing Music festival. His recorded work has included the Cappadocian in SALOME and Foltz in Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg for the Royal Opera House, and Lt Ratcliffe BILLY BUDD with the Halle Orchestra for the Erato Label, Dick Deadeye H.M.S.Pinafore for the D’Oyle Carte . More recently Simon has performed the roles of Hortensius La Fille du Régiment ROH Sciarrone Tosca ROH conducted by Placido Domingo. Jake Wallace La Fanciulla Del, WestPrince de Bouillon Adrian Lecouvreur with Opera Holland Park Zuniga Carmen Mid wales Opera directed by Johnathan Miller. Several Roles in the premier of the Nose ROH John Dowland in Draw on sweet night a new movie by Capriol Productions. Simon is a Samling Artist
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Cavalli: La Calisto Giove Batignano festival 2000
Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer Daland English National Opera 2000
Rossini: La donna del lago Douglas D'Angus Royal Opera House 2000
Rossini: Guillaume Tell Gessler Royal Opera House 2000
Wagner: Die Walküre hunding national youth orchestra Scotland 2000


Wagner Bursary Award