English bass Simon Wilding made his Royal Opera debut in 1997 as a Noble of Brabant (Lohengrin) and has since sung Cappadocian (Salome), Hans Foltz (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Lane/Merriman (The Importance of Being Earnest) and Sciarrone (Tosca) for The Royal Opera. In the 2015/16 Season he returns to sing Lackey (Ariadne auf Naxos), Pinellino (Gianni Schicchi) and Lane/Merriman.
Wilding was born in Leigh, Lancashire, and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. He made his professional debut at the Bayreuth Festival in 1989, becoming the Festival’s youngest adult performer. Engagements include the Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Alessio (La sonnambula), Pistola (Falstaff) and Betto (Gianni Schicchi) for Opera Holland Park, Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte) for the Opera Theatre Company, Lieutenant Ratcliffe (Billy Budd) for English National Opera, Pig (Dove’s The Enchanted Pig) for The Opera Group on tour (including appearances at the Linbury Studio Theatre), Zaccaria (Nabucco) for Macedonian National Opera, Bonze (Madama Butterfly) and Colline (La bohème) for Mid Wales Opera and Athlete (Neuwirth’s American Lulu) for The Opera Group.
Wilding sings regularly in concert, and has appeared in several performances of Verdi’s Requiem including at the Royal Albert Hall under David Willcocks and with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. He is a keen sailor.