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Clive Bayley

  • Bass


Clive Bayley sings regularly with the major opera companies in a repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Berg, Britten, Birtwistle, Wagner and Ligeti. He made his debut with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, in the world-premiere of Harrison Birtwistle's Gawain and has since appeared there as Colline/La Bohème, Hans Foltz/Die Meistersinger, Castro/Fanciulla del West, Carbon in Alfano's Cyrano de Bergerac, Thoas/Iphigenie en Tauride, Sylvano/La Calisto and Hunding/Die Walküre. 

He has had notable successes with Opera North, in their British premiere production of Verdi's Jerusalem, as Sparafucile/Rigoletto, Ebn Hakia/Yolanta, the Grand Inquisitor/Don Carlos, Raleigh in Phyllida Lloyd's acclaimed production of Gloriana, (recorded on CD and for television), Ferrando/Il Trovatore, Arkel/Pelléas and Mélisande, Wurm/Luisa Miller, the Doctor/Wozzeck, Biterolf/Tannhäuser, Antinous/Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria and Osmin/Die Entführung aus dem Serail; with Grange Park Opera Vodnik/Rusalka and King of Clubs/The Love for Three Oranges; with English National Opera in Billy Budd, Wozzeck, Cadmus/Semele, Arkel, the four Villains/Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Ferrando/Il Trovatore, Collatinus/The Rape of Lucretia (also shown on BBC2 TV), Hunding, Sparafucile/Rigoletto, War & Peace, Narbal/Les Troyens, Sarastro/The Magic Flute, Raimondo/Lucia di Lammermoor; Bluebeard/Bluebeard's Castle, and Dikoy/Katya Kabanova; and with Welsh National opera as the Doctor/Wozzeck and Antinous/Time/Neptune/Ulisse.

He appeared with Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Calchas/Iphigénie en Aulide and Louis VII/ Euryanthe, which was also performed at the BBC Proms, Trulove/The Rake's Progress, and with Glyndebourne Touring Opera as Rocco/Fidelio.