In the 2013/14 Season English bass Simon Wilding sings Sciarrone (Tosca) at the Royal Opera House. He made his Royal Opera debut in 1997 as a Noble of Brabant (Lohengrin) and has since sung roles in operas including Salome, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and The Importance of Being Earnest for the Company.
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. His recent roles have included 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 Sir David Willcocks and with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. He is a keen sailor.