British bass Clive Bayley made his Royal Opera debut in the 1986–7 Season as Second Prisoner (Fidelio). He has since sung Agravain (Gawain), Porter (The Fiery Angel), Colline (La bohème), Hans Foltz (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), José Castro (La fanciulla del West), Carbon (Cyrano de Bergerac), Thoas (Iphigénie en Tauride), Hunding (Die Walküre), Silvano (La Calisto), Biterolf (Tannhäuser) and Sir Walter Raleigh (Gloriana) for the Company, and Raleigh and Calkas (Troilus and Cressida) with Opera North at the Royal Opera House. In the 2018/19 Season he sings Savël Prokofjevic Dikoj (Katya Kabanova) and Dansker (Billy Budd) with The Royal Opera.
Bayley studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. His many roles for English National Opera include Aye (Akhnaten), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Parsi Rustomji (Satyagraha), Astradamors (Le Grand Macabre), Daland (The Flying Dutchman), the four villains (The Tales of Hoffmann), Duke Bluebeard (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle) and Dikoj. Other appearances include Don Quichotte, Philip II (Don Carlo), King Marke (Tristan und Isolde) and Swallow (Peter Grimes) for Grange Park Opera, Swallow and John Claggart (Billy Budd) for Frankfurt Opera, Osmin (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) for Glyndebourne on Tour, Publio (La clemenza di Tito) for Glyndebourne Festival and at the BBC Proms, Doctor (Wozzeck) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Daland for Royal Danish Opera and John Claggart and Boris Godunov for Gothenburg Opera.
Bayley’s concert appearances include Fafner (Siegfried) with the Hallé Orchestra and Beethoven’s Symphony no.9 with the Philharmonia. He has made several recordings for Chandos.
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