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Clive Bayley

Clive Bayley


Born in Manchester, Clive Bayley sings regularly with the major opera companies in a diverse repertoire spanning Monteverdi, Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Alban Berg, Benjamin Britten, Birtwistle, Richard Wagner and Ligeti.

Clive will continue to showcase his operatic and concert repertoire in the 201617 season with Teatro Real de Madrid’s production of Billy Budd in the role of Dansker, the reprising role of Il Commendatore in Northern Ireland Opera’s production of Don Giovanni, Fafner in Rheingold with the Halle Orchestra in Manchester, Theseus in Aldeburgh Music’s production of Midsummernights’ Dream and Publio in Clemenza di Tito at Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

Clive’s operatic engagements in the 201516 season include Glyndebourne Touring Opera’s production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail and subsequently returned to Grange Park Opera in 2016 as Filippo II in Don Carlos.

Season 201415 saw Clive performing as Gesler in Guillaume Tell with the Welsh National Opera, Il Commendatore in Bergen opera’s production of Don Giovanni, and a recording of Gaetano Donizetti’s Les Martyrs with Opera Rara and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in which Clive sung the role of Callisthènes.

Previous operatic engagements include Claggart in Billy Budd at the Gothenburg Opera and Der Fliegende Holländer at the Royal Danish Theatre, in which he performed the role of Daland. At the beginning of 2014, Clive made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where he sang the role of the Doctor in Wozzeck. Clive has also appeared in roles such Astramados in Le Grand Macabre in San Francisco, Don Quichotte at Grange Park Opera, Sir Walter Raleigh in Benjamin Britten’s Gloriana, at both the Hamburg Opera and the Royal Opera House and as Prince Gremin in Onegin at Grange Park Opera. His appearances include such roles as Kecal in The Bartered Bride, Bluebeard in Duke Bleabeard’s Castle, Rocco in Fidelio and König Marke in Tristan und Isolde.

Collaborations with prestigious opera houses include: Arkel in Pelléas et Mélisande, Ulisse, Titurel in Parsifal, Sylvano in La Calisto, Geronte in Manon Lescaut and Achilla in Giulio Cesare at the Bayresche Staatsoper. With the Opera National du Rhin, Strasbourg, he has sung Fasolt in David McVicar’s new production of Das Rheingold and Claggart in Richard Jones’s production of Billy Budd at Frankfurt Opera.

In his native country Clive made his debut with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, as 2nd Prisoner Fidelio and has since appeared there in the world-premiere of Harrison Birtwistle’s Gawain, as Biterolf in Tannhäuser, Colline in La Bohème, Hans Foltz in Die Meistersinger, Carbon in Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac, Thoas in Iphigénie en Tauride, Sylvano in La Calisto and Hunding in Die Walküre. He also works regularly with the Glyndebourne, Grange Park Opera, Opera North and Welsh National Opera. His past recordings for Chandos include Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the English Northern Philaharmonia and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Hunding Die Walküre and the Grand Inquisitor in the “Study Scene” from Don Carlos with the Hallé Orchestra under Mark Elder.

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