Bass, Simon Dyer was an Emerging Artist at Boston Lyric Opera for their 2016⁄17 season, whilst also completing his studies at The Boston Conservatory. He was seen at BLO as the Keeper of the Madhouse, The Rake’s Progress and Antonio, Le Nozze di Figaro. He also covered Nick Shadow and Figaro in the respective shows. He was a member of the Young Artist Program at the Glimmerglass Festival, 2016 and spent the summer of 2017 as a member of the Apprentice Singer Program, The Santa Fe Opera. Other Recent appearances include Melisso in Alcina at the Boston Conservatory, Giorgio in The Thieving Magpie, under Maestro Colaneri and covering Rev. John Hale in The Crucible at Glimmerglass. Also in 2016 he was seen as the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro at The Boston Conservatory and a Verdi Requiem in his native London. Other roles at The Boston Conservatory include Nick Shadow, Rake’s Progress, Mustafa, L’italiana in Algeri, Collatinus, The Rape of Lucretia, and The Immigration Officer in Jonathan Dove’s Flight. Since moving across the Atlantic, Mr. Dyer has also been seen as Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring with Boston Opera Collaborative, and as Luka, The Bear and Mr. Grinder, The Zoo, with Odyssey Opera. Recent contemporary music highlights include being a featured soloist in Coro by Berio at the Lucerne Festival under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, and curating an immersive performance art event of John Cage’s Song Books at the Museum of Fine Arts in Jan 2016 where he also gave a recital in Jan 2017. Dyer also appears on a CD with Boston Modern Orchestra Project of Virgil Thomson’s Capital Capitals.
Upcoming appearances: Dyer will be a member of the Florida Grand Opera Studio for the 2017⁄18 season. He will sing Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and 1st Nazarene in Salome.
During his undergraduate studies at Trinity Laban, in London, Dyer was a regular performer at Blackheath Halls Community Opera, where he performed the roles of Zaretsky, Eugene Onegin, The Minister of Fun, Cendrillon and The Doctor in Verdi’s Macbeth, all under the baton of Nick Jenkins. He has also sung Micha, The Bartered Bride with Thrapston Plaza Opera, Old Adam, Ruddigore, at Buxton Opera House with Oxbridge Opera, as well as Montano, Otello, which he sang in a concert performance at Blackheath Halls with the St. Paul’s Sinfonia. In the summer of 2012 he worked with Go Opera in their innovative collaboration tour with Peroni, Opera di Peroni, after originally working with them on their 2011 production of La Traviata in a disused warehouse space in Hackney Wick.
Often working with living composers, Dyer performed the role of Death in the UK premiere of Gregory Rose’s Danse Macabre, conducted by the composer, with tremendous success; critics stated that he was a singer of “ability and characterising power” and possessed of “a voice of grit, and quite chilling charm”. He sang Common Person Two in the world premiere of It Makes No Difference by Simone Spagnola, for whom he also premiered the piece Lines, for solo violin and narrator. He performed the role of The Judge in Stuart Murray-Mitchell’s opera about the London Riots of 2012, Nobody’s Children, and worked with LSO Soundhub and Size Zero Opera on the project Little Kettlehead. In 2013 Mr. Dyer sang with the Philip Glass ensemble for the 75th birthday celebrations of the composer at Barbican Hall in a performance of Koyaanisqatsi, and in a festival event dedicated to the works of John Cage at Trinity Laban where he took part in a performance of the piece A Dinner Party for John Cage by Steven Montague and the work 5 by Cage himself.
In masterclass, Mr. Dyer has worked with Maestro Richard Bonynge, leading singers including, Jay Hunter-Morris, Susan Bullock, Matthew Rose, Yvonne Minton, Brindley Sherratt, Wolfgang Brendel, Sally Burgess, James Bowman and many others, as well as taking part in the British Youth Opera workshop programme and workshopping with director Simon McBurney.
Oratorio repertoire includes, Verdi and Mozart’s Requiem Masses, The Creation, Haydn, which he performed at St. John’s Smith Square under the direction of Nicholas Kraemer, Messiah, and Johannes Passion of Bach.