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Simon Wilding

Bass

English bass Simon Wilding was born in Leigh, Lancashire and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. He maintains an active performing career throughout the United Kingdom and internationally.

In the current season he performs Hunding Die Walküre (Pacific Opera Victoria, London Opera Company); Fafner Das Rheingold, Siegfried (Longborough Festival Opera); and Pistol Falstaff (West Green House Opera). Further ahead he returns to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Highlights in recent seasons include 2nd Soldier Salome (Royal Opera House); Sparafucile Rigoletto (Opera Holland Park); The Doctor / Clerk The Nose (Royal Danish Opera); Employee / Watchman / Servant / Policeman / Gentleman / Acquaintance of Kovalyov in Barrie Kosky’s production of The Nose (Royal Opera House, Komische Oper, Teatro Real); Russell The Exterminating Angel (Royal Danish Opera); Sacristan Tosca (Grange Park Opera); and Judge Turpin Sweeney Todd (West Green House Opera).

He made his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1997 as a Brabantian Noble Lohengrin (under Gergiev), followed by appearances as A Cappadocian Salome (under Christoph von Dohnányi) and Hans Foltz Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (under Bernard Haitink). During his ongoing relationship with ROH other roles include Lane/Merriman in Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest, Sciarrone Tosca, Ein Lackai Ariadne auf Naxos, Pinellino Gianni Schicchi, Gessler Guillaume Tell and Oroe Semiramide (under Pappano). With English National Opera he appeared most recently in recently in Birtwistle’s The Mask Of Orpheus, and with Opera Holland Park, and Mid Wales Opera he has performed repertoire including Purcell, Rossini, Wagner, and Britten. With the Opera Group he made his mark in contemporary operas, most notably as the Athlete in Olga Neuwirth’s American Lulu (Young Vic, Edinburgh International Festival, Bregenzer Festspiele).

On the international stage he made his professional debut in 1989 at the Bayreuther Festspiele where he was the youngest adult performer in the Festival’s history. Other international engagements include Jove La Calisto, Pluto, Caronte, Colonel Il pomo d’oro (Batignano Festival); Billy Jackrabbit La fanciulla del West, Provazolezec in Hass’ Šarlatan, Wemburgo in Zandonai’s I cavalieri di Ekebù (Wexford Opera Festival); Zaccaria Nabucco (Macedonian National Opera); Hobson Peter Grimes (Beijing Music Festival); Sciarrone Tosca (Nederlandse Reisopera); and Jonathan Dove’s The Enchanted Pig (New Victory Theatre, New York). In 2016 he returned to New York for the US stage premiere of The Importance of Being Earnest.

On the concert platform he has performed with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra, and at the Royal Albert Hall. His recorded works include live recordings of Salome and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Royal Opera House); Lieutenant Ratcliffe Billy Budd (Hallé Orchestra); Dick Deadeye HMS Pinafore (D’Oyly Carte); and Policeman in Dame Ethel Smyth’s The Boatswain’s Mate (Lontano Ensemble/Odaline de la Martinez).

Steven Swales Artist Management represents Simon Wilding worldwide

Reviews

Hunding / Die Walküre / Pacific Opera Victoria / 2023
“…the performances were all dead on… Simon Wilding’s awful and rude Hunding, who used his voice as a weapon to terrorise Sieglinde via an assumed harshness.”
(Opera)


Hunding / Die Walküre / The London Opera Company / 2023
“Simon Wilding’s Hunding asserted his deep, dark and secure bass to excellent effect…”
(MusicOMH)

“Simon Wilding, a natural creature of the stage, was superb as Hunding, singing with enormous bite and depth, commanding the platform throughout the whole scene. His strutting entrance, and his acute reactions to everything happening around him, said everything about the character.”
(Opera)


Sparafucile / Rigoletto / Opera Holland Park / 2023
“Simon Wilding’s Sparafucile has dark, sculpted tone to match his sideline as the hired assassin.”
(The Telegraph)

“A lean, powerful presence both physically and vocally…”
(Opera)

“…Simon Wilding a truly sinister Sparafucile.”
(The Reviews Hub)

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Longborough Festival Opera

16, 25 Jun | 4 Jul 2024

Wagner: Das Rheingold
Conductor: Anthony Negus
Director:
Amy Lane

 
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