Winner of the inaugural 2022 Mastersingers competition main prize & audience award, British bass Simon Grange graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2015. Forthcoming engagements include Reinmar in Wagner’s Tannhäuser (Saffron Opera Group), Shepherd in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (Opera North), Truffaldino (cover) in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos (Opera North) & Gremin in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (Opera North Youth Orchestra in concert).
Simon currently studies with Matthew Best & repertoire coach Martin Pickard. Recent engagements include Bluff in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor, at the Teatru Manoel in Malta, Leporello Don Giovanni for Clonter Opera and Fafner (cover) Siegfried for Longborough Opera Festival. Other roles include Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro), Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Collatinus (The Rape of Lucretia) and Colline (La bohème).
At the RCM Simon was a Cuthbert Smith Scholar supported by a Soirée d’Or award and Douglas & Hilda Simmonds and Hans & Mary Romney award. He was previously a student and choral scholar at Oxford University where he read English Literature.
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YouTube playlist includes:
- Solche hergelaufne Laffen, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Mozart
- Si la riguer, La Juive, Halevy
- Wer bist du, kühner Knabe, Siegfried, Wagner
“Simon Grange, who was Leporello, has enviable resonance and a great comic gift, his face never still, which should stand him in real stead in the future.”Theatre Reviews North
“Simon Grange’s gorgeous bass voice as the Commendatore was a treat.”Bachtrack
“The commanding bass role of this captain of the guard was sung by Simon Grange, a fabulously attractive deep voice, with range and variety as well as utter assurance, and a pleasing stage presence.”Roderic Dunnet, Winslow Hall Opera