Simon Bailey - Bass Baritone
Whether as Wotan, the King of the Gods, or as Gelone, the drunken butler in Cesti´s L´orontea, Simon Bailey has been delighting audiences across Europe in a career spanning 25 years.
A resident of Frankfurt, Germany, Simon has a repertoire of more than 100 major principal operatic roles from Berg to Britten, Mozart to Mayuzumi, Humperdinck to Händel and everything in between. His unusually large vocal range means he has appeared as a low bass (Inquisitor in Don Carlos, Gonzalo in The Tempest), a Mozartian bass (with more than 50 performances of Leporello and 60 of Figaro including ROH Covent Garden and La Scala, Milan), as a typical Italian Buffo (most recently as Don Magnifico in Cenerentola), and as a Heldenbariton (Jochanaan Salome) in Stuttgart and Wiesbaden.
Recent success as Wotan (Das Rheingold, Die Walküre) and Wanderer (Siegfried) in Erl, Köln and Luzern has heralded a shift in focus to the great Wagnerian roles over the coming seasons.