Born in Tasmania‚ Simon Thorpe studied at the Guildhall School of Music‚ where he was awarded the Harold Rosenthal Prize. He spent a year at the National Opera Studio. A finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Competition‚ he now studies with Robert Dean.
Recent and future plans include Telramund Lohengrin and Melot Tristan und Isolde (Welsh National Opera)‚ Amonasro Aida (Lyric Opera‚ Dublin)‚ Tonio Pagliacci (Stanley Hall Opera)‚ Gianni Schicchi (Opera Project)‚ Scarpia Tosca (Opéra de Baugé)‚ Escamillo Carmen (State Opera of South Australia)‚ Herald Lohengrin (Opéra de Toulon and WNO)‚ Melot at the 2012 Edinburgh International Festival‚ Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Peninsula Doctors’ Orchestra‚ Carmina Burana with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra‚ Classical Spectacular 2012 and a Hogmanay Gala for Raymond Gubbay and Saturday Night is Music Night with the Ulster Orchestra.
Further engagements in the UK have included Escamillo Carmen‚ Belcore L’elisir d’amore and Pacheco Inés de Castro for Scottish Opera‚ Zurga Les pêcheurs des perles and Alfio Cavalleria Rusticana for Dorset Opera‚ Zurga‚ Lescaut Manon Lescaut and Sharpless Madama Butterfly for Opera Holland Park‚ Escamillo‚ Michele Il Tabarro and Germont La traviata for English Touring Opera‚ Donald Billy Budd‚ Belcore L’elisir d’amore‚ The Foreman Jenufa‚ Pasha Selim Die Entführung aus dem Serail‚ Marcello La Bohème‚ Scarpia Tosca‚ Ford Falstaff and Kothner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (also at the BBC Proms) for Welsh National Opera‚ The Duke Roméo et Juliette‚ Kuligin Katya Kabanova‚ Sharpless Madama Butterfly and Marullo Rigoletto for Opera North‚ Alfio Cavalleria Rusticana and Guglielmo Le Villi for Chelsea Opera Group‚ John the Butcher Hugh the Drover for New Sussex Opera‚ Anckarström Un ballo in maschera for Cork Opera 2005 and the title role in Falstaff for Longborough Festival Opera.
International engagements have included Don Pizarro Fidelio for Opéra de Baugé‚ Pacheco Inés de Castro with Scottish Opera in Lisbon‚ Sharpless Madama Butterfly and Scarpia Tosca for Lyric Opera‚ Dublin‚ and Sharpless for Singapore Lyric Opera‚ The Steward Flight and Roucher Andrea Chénier with the State Opera of South Australia and The Forester The Cunning Little Vixen‚ Private Willis Iolanthe and Montano Otello for Opera Australia.
His recordings include Second Mate / Arthur Jones Billy Budd with Kent Nagano and the Hallé Orchestra for Erato‚ and he sings regularly throughout the country in concert‚ at major venues including the Barbican Hall‚ the Queen Elizabeth Hall‚ the Royal Albert Hall‚ St John’s‚ Smith Square‚ the Fairfield Halls‚ Croydon‚ and the Bridgewater Hall‚ Manchester. Particular highlights have included the Fauré Requiem with the Choir of King’s College‚ Cambridge‚ conducted by Nicholas Cleobury‚ Messiah with the Armonico Consort‚ Elijah at St David’s Hall‚ Cardiff‚ Mozart Requiem with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Stanislaw Skrowacewski‚ Saturday Night is Music Night with the Ulster Orchestra and Eternal Light: A Requiem for Rambert Dance Company.
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