English bass Simon Wilding maintains an active performing career throughout the United Kingdom. A frequent artist with London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden, he made his ROH debut in 1997 as a Brabantian Noble LOHENGRINunder Valery Gergiev, followed immediately by appearances as the Cappadocian SALOME under Christoph von Dohnányi and Foltz DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERGunder Bernard Haitink. During his ongoing relationship with Covent Garden, he has been engaged by the company for roles such as Lane/Merriman THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Gerald Barry), Sciarrone TOSCA, Lackey ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, Pinellino GIANNI SCHICCHI, and Gessler in Damiano Michieletto’s controversial production of GUILLAUME TELL. Recent engagements include Recent engagements include Russell THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL for Danish Royal Opera, Lane/Merriman THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST for LIncoln Center, New York, Betto/Talpa IL TRITTICO and Billy Jackrabbit LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST for Opera Holland Park, multiple bass roles in THE NOSE at Komische Oper and Sciarrone TOSCA for Nederlandse Reisopera. Upcoming roles include a reprise of his roles in THE NOSE for Komische Oper, Metifio L’ARLESIANA for Opera Holland Park and Fafner DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN for Longborough Festival Opera,
Mr. Wilding has appeared regularly with English National Opera, Opera Holland Park, and Mid Wales Opera, in a diverse repertoire embracing Purcell, Rossini, Wagner, and Britten. With the Opera Group he has made his mark in contemporary operas, most notably originating the role of the Athlete in Olga Neuwirth’s AMERICAN LULU, a production which toured to the Young Vic (London), Glasgow, the Edinburgh Festival, and the Bregenz Festival. As a winner of the Wagner Bursary Award, Mr. Wilding has sung Fasolt DAS RHEINGOLD and Hagen GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG under the baton of Anthony Legge. He also appeared in the inaugural Tower of London Music Festival in an on-site production of ANNA BOLENA.
Mr. Wilding’s international career began during the 1989 Bayreuth Festival, during which he made his professional operatic debut as the youngest adult performer in the Festival’s history. Further international engagements have included Jove LA CALISTO, Pluto, Caronte, and the Colonel IL POMO D’OROfor the Batignano Festival (Italy), Billy Jackrabbit LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST, Provazolezec in Hass’ ŠarlatáN and Wemburgo in Zandonai’s iI CAVALIERI DI Ekebù for the Wexford Festival, Zaccaria NABUCCO for the Macedonian National Opera, Hobson PETER GRIMES at the Beijing Music Festival, and Jonathan Dove’s THE ENCHANTED PIG at the New Victory Theatre in New York. He returned to New York in June 2016 for the US stage premiere of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST.
As a concert artist, Mr. Wilding has performed with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Ulster Orchestra, and at the Royal Albert Hall. His recorded work includes Royal Opera House official live recordings of SALOME and DIE MEISTERSINGER, Lt Ratcliffe BILLY BUDD with the Halle Orchestra for the Erato label, Dick Deadeye H.M.S. PINAFORE for the D’Oyly Carte, and the Policeman in Dame Ethel Smyth’s THE BOATSWAIN’S MATE with the Lontano Ensemble conducted by Odaline de la Martinez.
Mr. Wilding was born in Leigh, Lancashire and studied at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music.