English bass-baritone Simon Bailey made his Royal Opera debut in 2015 as Leporello (Don Giovanni) and has since returned to sing Siroco (L’Étoile) for the Company.
Bailey was born in Lincoln and studied at Clare College, Cambridge, the Royal Northern College of Music and the La Scala Academy, Milan. He was a member of Oper Frankfurt 2002–2015, where his many roles included Don Giovanni, Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore), Klingsor (Parsifal), Lescaut (Manon), Méphistophélès (La Damnation de Faust), Orest (Elektra), Duke Bluebeard (Bluebeard’s Castle), Nick Shadow (The Rake’s Progress) and Cherea (Caligula). He also sings regularly for La Scala, Milan, in recital and in such roles as Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Alessio (La sonnambula) and Schaunard (La bohème). Engagements elsewhere include Méphistophélès (La Damnation de Faust) for De Vlaamse Opera and Staatstheater Stuttgart, Four Villains (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) for Theater Basel, Truffaldino (Ariadne auf Naxos) for Theater an der Wien, the title role in Handel’s Hercules at the Athens Festival, Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor) in Lima and Zuniga (Carmen) for Glyndebourne Festival. His role creations include Viceprocuratore (Corgi’s Tat’jana) for La Scala and the Employer (Levinas’s La Métamorphose) for Opéra de Lille.
Bailey sings regularly in concert and recital, in such repertory as the St Matthew Passion, Haydn’s Creation (Lima Cathedral), Mozart’s Requiem, Missa Solemnis, Verdi’s Requiem and Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ. Other engagements include Vairochana (Jonathan Harvey’s Wagner Dream) in the semi-staged UK premiere. His discography includes Mandarin (Turandot) for Chandos, Doge (Bianca e Falliero) for Opera Rara and Stainer’s Crucifixion for Naxos.
Ged Putkunas, Mark Elder, Chris Addison as Smith and Simon Bailey as Siroco in rehearsal for L'Étoile, The Royal Opera
Simon Bailey as Siroco in L'Étoile, The Royal Opera
Christophe Mortagne as King Ouf I and Simon Bailey as Siroco in rehearsal for L'Étoile, The Royal Opera
Christophe Mortagne as King Ouf I, Kate Lindsey as Lazuli and Simon Bailey as Siroco in rehearsal for L'Étoile, The Royal Opera
Chris Addison as Smith, Jean Luc Vincent as Dupont, Simon Bailey as Siroco in L’Étoile
Simon Bailey as Siroco, Christophe Mortagne as King Ouf I and Hélène Guilmette as Laoula in rehearsal for L'Étoile, The Royal Opera