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Clive Bayley

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Clive Bayley has sung with the opera houses in Geneva, Amsterdam, Seattle, San Francisco, where he sang as Astramadors in the US première of Le Grand Macabre, at the Bregenz Festival, and in Lisbon, Lausanne, Toulouse, Munich and Copenhagen. He sang in concert with Les Arts Florissants and William Christie on tour in performances of Monteverdi's Marian Vespers, Il Sant' Alessio, which was recorded for Erato, Couperin motets, a recording of Purcell Welcome Songs, Lully's Psyche, and a programme of Monteverdi madrigals.

In Munich he has sung regularly with the Bayerische Staatsoper, where his performances have included Arkel/Pelléas et Mélisande, Ulisse, Titurel/Parsifal, Sylvano/La Calisto, Geronte/Manon Lescaut and Achilla/Giulio Cesare. With the Opera National du Rhin, Strasbourg, he has sung Fasolt in David McVicar's new production of Das Rheingold and Hunding, and with Frankfurt Opera Claggart in Richard Jones's production of Billy Budd.

Clive Bayley also has a very busy concert career which includes highlights such as St. Peter/The Apostles with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo and scenes from Der Freischutz with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Mark Elder, Leonard Bernstein's Candide with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer making his final appearance in the United Kingdom, and - also with the London Symphony Orchestra - Les Troyens at the BBC Proms and in Birmingham under Sir Colin Davis; Walton's The Bear with the Northern Sinfonia, Don Fernando in concert performances of Fidelio with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Walter Weller, concert performances and a recording for Chandos of Billy Budd with the London Symphony Orchestra under Richard Hickox, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the English Northern Philharmonia and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Hunding in Die Walküre and the Grand Inquisitor in the Study Scene from Don Carlos with the Hallé Orchestra under Mark Elder, concerts at the Spoleto Festival, a Kurt Weill double-bill on tour in Italy with the London Sinfonietta; Philip Glass's Symphony No. 5 with the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra under Ulf Schirmer; and the Fisherman in Kurt Weill's The Royal Palace at the BBC Proms. His recordings for Chandos include the Bonze/Madama Butterfly, Ferrando/Il Trovatore, Commendatore/Don Giovanni, Pistol/Falstaff, Timur/ Turandot ,the Voice of Neptune/Idomeneo and the Monk/Don Carlos.

Engagements in the 2010/11 season include Rocco/Fidelio with Welsh National Opera; Biterolf in the new production of Tannhäuser with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Claggart/Billy Budd with the Netherlands Opera, Amsterdam; King Mark in the new production of Tristan & Isolde with Grange Park Opera and Hunding/Die Walküre with the Hallé Orchestra under Mark Elder at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.