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Born in Tasmania‚ Simon Thorpe studied at the Guildhall School of Music‚ where he was awarded the Harold Rosenthal Prize. He spent a year at the National Opera Studio. A finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Competition‚ he now studies with Robert Dean.

Recent and future plans include Pizarro Fidelio (Longborough Festival)‚ Baron Douphol La Traviata (Scottish Opera)‚ Salerio The Merchant of Venice‚ Telramund Lohengrin‚ Melot Tristan und Isolde and Escamillo Carmen (Welsh National Opera)‚ Jack Rance La fanciulla del West and Manfredo L’amore dei tre re (Opera Holland Park)‚ Scarpia Tosca (Longborough Festival Opera)‚ Falstaff (Tobacco Factory‚ Bristol)‚ Amonasro Aida (Lyric Opera‚ Dublin)‚ Tonio Pagliacci (Stanley Hall Opera)‚ Gianni Schicchi (Opera Project)‚ Scarpia (Opéra de Baugé)‚ Escamillo (State Opera of South Australia)‚ Herald Lohengrin (Opéra de Toulon and WNO)‚ Melot (Edinburgh International Festival)‚ BBC Friday Night is Music Night 10 Pieces Prom‚ Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Peninsula Doctors’ Orchestra‚ Carmina Burana with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra‚ Classical Spectacular 2012‚ a Hogmanay Gala for Raymond Gubbay and Saturday Night is Music Night with the Ulster Orchestra.

Further engagements in the UK have included Escamillo‚ Belcore L’elisir d’amore and Pacheco Inés de Castro for Scottish Opera‚ Zurga Les pêcheurs des perles and Alfio Cavalleria Rusticana for Dorset Opera‚ Zurga‚ Lescaut Manon Lescaut and Sharpless Madama Butterfly for Opera Holland Park‚ Escamillo‚ Michele Il tabarro and Germont La traviata for English Touring Opera‚ Donald Billy Budd‚ Belcore‚ The Foreman Jenufa‚ Pasha Selim Die Entführung aus dem Serail‚ Marcello La bohème‚ Scarpia‚ Ford Falstaff and Kothner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (also at the BBC Proms) for Welsh National Opera‚ The Duke Roméo et Juliette‚ Kuligin Katya Kabanova‚ Sharpless and Marullo Rigoletto for Opera North‚ Alfio and Guglielmo Le Villi for Chelsea Opera Group‚ John the Butcher Hugh the Drover for New Sussex Opera‚ Anckarström Un ballo in maschera for Cork Opera 2005 and the title role in Falstaff for Longborough Festival Opera.

International engagements have included Don Pizarro for Opéra de Baugé‚ Pacheco Inés de Castro with Scottish Opera in Lisbon‚ Sharpless and Scarpia for Lyric Opera‚ Dublin‚ and Sharpless for Singapore Lyric Opera‚ The Steward Flight and Roucher Andrea Chénier with the State Opera of South Australia and The Forester The Cunning Little Vixen‚ Private Willis Iolanthe and Montano Otello for Opera Australia.
His recordings include Second Mate / Arthur Jones Billy Budd with Kent Nagano and the Hallé Orchestra for Erato‚ and he sings regularly throughout the country in concert‚ at major venues including the Barbican Hall‚ the Queen Elizabeth Hall‚ the Royal Albert Hall‚ St John’s‚ Smith Square‚ the Fairfield Halls‚ Croydon‚ and the Bridgewater Hall‚ Manchester. Particular highlights have included the Fauré Requiem with the Choir of King’s College‚ Cambridge‚ conducted by Nicholas Cleobury‚ Messiah with the Armonico Consort‚ Elijah at St David’s Hall‚ Cardiff‚ Mozart Requiem with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Stanislaw Skrowacewski‚ Saturday Night is Music Night with the Ulster Orchestra and Eternal Light: A Requiem for Rambert Dance Company.

He is supported with a Musicians Benevolent Fund Professional Development Award.

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