Simon Wilding


English bass Simon Wilding made his ROH debut in 1997 as a Brabantian Noble/Lohengrin under Valery Gergiev, followed immediately by appearances as the Cappadocian/Salome, Foltz/Die Meistersingervon Nürnberg, Lane & Merriman in Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest, Sciarrone/Tosca, Lackey/Ariadne auf Naxos, Pinellino/Gianni Schicchi, and Gessler/Guillaume Tell.

He has appeared regularly with English National Opera, Opera Holland Park, and Mid Wales Opera. With the Opera Group he performed the role of the Athlete in Olga Neuwirth’s American Lulu which toured to the Young Vic, Glasgow, and the Edinburgh and Bregenz Festivals. A winner of the Wagner Bursary Award, he has sung Fasolt/Das Rheingold and Hagen/Götterdämmerung under the baton of Anthony Legge and made his debut at the Bayreuth Festival in 1989.

Selected recorded work includes Salome and Die Meistersinger (Royal Opera House), Lt Ratcliffe/Billy Budd with the Hallé for the Erato label, and Policeman in Ethel Smyth’s The Boatswain’s Mate with Retrospect Opera.

Longborough debut: Fafner/Das Rheingold (2019)

Recent engagements: Hagen/Götterdämmerung (COC Canada); Oroe/Semiramide (Royal Opera House); Senior Russell/The Exterminating Angel (Royal Danish Opera); and Angestellter/1. Polizist/4. Herr/1. Bekannter Kowaljows/Diener Die Nase (Komische Oper, Berlin).