“There is no doubting the quality of Simon Wallfisch’s artistry… his ceaseless shifts in tone create characterisations of quite exceptional vividness…” Gramophone
Simon Wallfisch is one of Britain’s most sought after Baritones, at home on the opera and concert stage.
In 2018, Simon made his Wigmore Hall debut live on BBC Radio 3. He has a growing catalogue of song recordings with Nimbus, Lyrita, Delphian and Resonus record labels..
Born in London into a musical family, Simon Wallfisch studied cello with Leonid Gorokhov and voice with Russell Smythe at the Royal College of Music between 2000 and 2006.
During his studies in London, he was awarded several prizes including The Georg Solti Foundation, Emmy Destinn Foundation, Giuseppe Di Stefano Competition Sicily, The DAAD, Countess of Munster Trust, The English Speaking Union and the Royal Overseas League “Young Singer of Promise” 2005.
In 2006 Wallfisch left London for studies in Berlin (Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik 2006-2007) and Leipzig (Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy 2007-2009), studying with Dr Favaro-Reuter, and in the Liedklasse of Wolfram Rieger. During this time he appeared as guest artist in principal roles at the Leipzig Opera, Magdeburg Opera, Dessau Opera, Altenburg-Gera Opera, Potsdam Sans Souci Schlosstheater, and the Ludwigsberger Schloss Festspiele.
Subsequently he was engaged at the International Opera Studio of the Zurich Opera House (2009-2011), and vocal studies in Lausanne with Gary Magby singing many roles on the main stage. Recent operatic roles include FIERAMOSCA in Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini (Staatsoper Nürnberg 2016) MARCELLO Puccini La Boheme (Teatro Verdi Casciana Terme, Pisa 2016) ESCAMILLO La Tragedie de Carmen (National Reis Opera, Holland 2013). PELLEAS and ALBERT (English Touring Opera 2015). Simon has sung with conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Jac van Steen and Sir Colin Davies.
Passionate about Song repertoire, Simon is in international demand as recitalist, performing in concert halls throughout Europe. He has given recitals in Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Berlin Konzerthaus, Leipzig Schumann Haus, festivals across the UK including Leamington, Oxford Lieder, London Song Festival and many others.
In demand as oratorio soloist, in 2017 he performed Szymanowksi Stabat Mater at the Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Rachmaninov ‘The Bells’ at Cadogan Hall London, Beethoven 9 at St. John’s Smith Square, Mendelssohn and Bach at Thomas Kirche Leipzig.
Upcoming performances include concerts at the Israel Music Festival, the Baremboim-Said Akademie Berlin in October and November 2019. In September his disc of Schumann Lieder with Edward Rushton will be released.
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