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Fidelio‚ Longborough Festival
Opera Magazine (September 2017)

'Pizarro’s uncompromising villainy was a good fit for Simon Thorpe’s big‚ dark voice‚ and he tore into the melodrama of ’Ha‚ welch’ ein Augenblick!’ with a will.'

Fidelio‚ Longborough Festival
MusichOMH (July 2017)

'...Simon Thorpe and John Paul Huckle demonstrate security and power in their respective baritone and bass ranges as Don Pizarro and Rocco.'

Fidelio‚ Longborough Festival
The Spectator (July 2017)

'And as Pizarro‚ Simon Thorpe sings with a guttural force and a menacing‚ hollowed-out paleness that’s all the more impressive for being delivered from a wheelchair.'

The Merchant of Venice‚ Welsh National Opera
Planet Hugill (July 2017)

'The supporting roles were all strong‚ Salerio and Solanio were turned into a double-act of paparazzi by Simon Thorpe and Gary Griffiths.'

Fidelio‚ Longborough Festival (June 2017)

'Simon Thorpe was an impressively thuggish Don Pizarro whose rich‚ chocolatey tones – seemingly unaffected by his wheelchair confinement – gave his lines an imposing strength. In “Jetzt‚ Alter‚ hat es Eile” he and John Paul Huckle‚ as Rocco‚ formed a powerful duo...'

Fidelio‚ Longborough Festival
The Times (June 2017)

'Simon Thorpe is full of rage and Wagnerian power as a maimed Pizarro...'

Il tabarro‚ Melos Sinfonia
Opera (July 2016)

'Thorpe has a powerful stage presence and he pleaded‚ smouldered and roared superbly as the barge captain reached the end of his tether. '

Il tabarro‚ Melos Sinfonia
Seen & Heard International (May 2016)

'Simon Thorpe’s darkly tortured – and torturing – Michele was at least as powerful a portrayal of the role as I have heard.'

The Rinse Cycle‚ Unexpected Opera
LondonTheatre1 (February 2016)

' Simon Thorpe keeps the pace moving with his gorgeous baritone and immense versatility'

The Rinse Cycle‚ Unexpected Opera
Opera Magazine (February 2016)

'Simon Thorpe as a commanding Wotan‚ Alberich‚ Hunding‚ Fafner and Hagen displaying particular versatility...'

The Rinse Cycle‚ Unexpected Opera
Plays To See (February 2016)

'The performances of the five actor/singers – and of Kelvin Lim who plays piano throughout – are simply superb. Simon Thorpe as Ronnie/Wotan is a natural comic‚ a fine singer – and the best Sean Connery impersonator I have heard for long time...I realised what a fine achievement this show is when I found myself in tears during the great duet from the end of Valkyrie as Wotan bids farewell to his beloved daughter‚ Brunhilda. Thorpe and Williams sing this sublime duet with real power and passion. To be able to move from the broad comedy of Patisserie Valkyrie to such an effective version of one of the finest moments in opera – despite all the limitations of space and resources – is a real treat for the audience'

The Rinse Cycle‚ Unexpected Opera
The Stage (February 2016)

'Simon Thorpe plays the scheming dwarf Alberich with a Brummie accent‚ Sieglinde’s abusive husband Hunding is a cockney‚ and Alberich’s son Hagen is performed in the style of Sean Connery. His ability to move effortlessly between comedy and drama is matched by Mari Wyn upbeat‚ entertaining show featuring a fine ensemble cast'

L’amore dei tre Re‚ Opera Holland Park
Opera (October 2015)

'...the baritone Simon Thorpe was in strong‚ focused voice as his slightly weedy warrior son‚ Manfredo'

L’amore dei tre Re‚ Opera Holland Park
Opera Now (October 2015)

'Simon Thorpe captured the pathos of Manfredo'

L’amore dei tre Re‚ Opera Holland Park (July 2015)

'Vocal performances were strong. The main roles all require dramatic‚ heroic voices‚ and we had them...Manfredo is a smaller role (he’s absent at the wars for much of the 100 minutes of the opera) but Simon Thorpe made the best of his opportunities: his closing duet with Montero‚ in which Manfredo is desperate to find out whether his wife was really in love with him‚ was every bit the emotional high point of the opera that it should be'

L’amore dei tre Re‚ Opera Holland Park
Classical (July 2015)

'Vocally the production is cast from strength...While his is by definition a less compelling role‚ Simon Thorpe made the most of Manfredo’s increasingly desperate entreaties to his wife as he realises his inability to win her over – his fatalistic farewell an undoubted highpoint...this revival of L’amore dei tre Re is a resounding success'

L’amore dei tre Re‚ Opera Holland Park
Financial Times (July 2015)

'The cast give it their all‚ throwing themselves fully into every soaring line and tortuous metaphor that comes their way — and there are a few...baritone Simon Thorpe is in strong voice as his weedy warrior son'

L’amore dei tre Re‚ Opera Holland Park (July 2015)

'Simon Thorpe is effective as Manfredo'

L’amore dei tre Re‚ Opera Holland Park
The Stage (July 2015)

'...the singing is consistently high-powered...Simon Thorpe’s weighty baritone establishes Manfredo as Fiora’s surprisingly sympathetic if unloved husband'

L’amore dei tre Re‚ Opera Holland Park
What’s On (July 2015)

'Simon Thorpe growls and scowls effectively as the cuckolded Manfredo‚ despite being saddled with Montemezzi’s least attention-grabbing music'

La Fanciulla del West‚ Opera Holland Park
Independent (June 2014)

'Simon Thorpe’s Jack Rance smoulders convincingly'

La Fanciulla del West‚ Opera Holland Park
London Evening Standard (June 2014)

'Simon Thorpe’s glowering Jack Rance'

La Fanciulla del West‚ Opera Holland Park
Music (June 2014)

'Simon Thorpe as Rance reveals a very strong baritone instrument. We can hardly ignore the fact that he is attempting to kill his enemy‚ but one can still feel some sympathy as Thorpe reveals how Rance’s actions derive from a genuine love for Minnie and a hatred of seeing her with someone whom‚ he believes‚ is so unworthy of her'

La Fanciulla del West‚ Opera Holland Park
Seen & Heard International (June 2014)

'The Sheriff‚ Jack Rance‚ is played by Tasmanian singer Simon Thorpe‚ one of the stronger singers who has a fine sense of drama. He makes us believe the emotional journey Rance goes through during the course of the opera'

La Fanciulla del West‚ Opera Holland Park
The Stage (June 2014)

'American tenor Jeff Gwaltney and Tasmanian baritone Simon Thorpe are impressive as bandit Dick Johnson and sheriff Jack Rance respectively‚ both offering focused vocalism and finely achieved acting performances'

La Fanciulla del West‚ Opera Holland Park
What’s On (June 2014)

'Simon Thorpe was a suitably broody sheriff'

Tosca‚ Longborough Festival
The Arts (June 2014)

'Simon Thorpe is a youngish Scarpia‚ perhaps too prone to outbursts of sexual frustration for a successful police chief‚ but forceful of voice and presence'

Lohengrin‚ Welsh National Opera
Wagner News (July 2013)

'Simon Thorpe‚ replacing the indisposed John Lundgren as Telramund‚ sang and acted beyond all expectation. His rousing acknowledgement by both audience and chorus was well deserved'

Lohengrin‚ Welsh National Opera (June 2013)

'...Simon Thorpe articuló su Telramund con enfática claridad y variedad cromática /// Simon Thorpe articulated his Telramund with emphatic clarity and color variety'

Lohengrin‚ Welsh National Opera
Seen & Heard International (May 2013)

'Simon Thorpe was in good resonant voice as the herald'

Tristan und Isolde‚ WNO at Edinburgh International Festival
Seen & Heard International (August 2012)

'Simon Thorpe’s Melot was strong and effective'

Tristan und Isolde‚ WNO at Edinburgh International Festival
The Opera (August 2012)

'Simon Thorpe was a convincing Melot'

Tristan und Isolde‚ Welsh National Opera
The Arts (May 2012)

'The best male singing comes from Matthew Best‚ a moving‚ steady-voiced Mark‚ and from Simon Thorpe’s Melot...'

Tristan und Isolde‚ Welsh National Opera
Times (May 2012)

'Simon Thorpe is a strong and serviceable Melot...'

Lohengrin‚ Opéra de Toulon
Anaclase (January 2012)

'Simon Thorpe’s Herald was characterised by full-bodied tone‚ strong high notes and incisive characteristion...'

Lohengrin‚ Opéra de Toulon (January 2012)

'Simon Thorpe – a valiant‚ strong voiced Herald'

Lohengrin‚ Opéra de Toulon
Forum Opera (January 2012)

'Simon Thorpe – a clarion toned Herald'

Lohengrin‚ Opéra de Toulon
Var Matin (January 2012)

'We must also praise King Henry (Bjarni Thor Kristinsson) and baritone Simon Thorpe who enjoyed a tremendous success'

Carmen‚ State opera of South Australia
Adelaide (November 2011)

'great credit also to Simon Thorpe as the haughty toreador Escamillo'

Falstaff‚ Longborough Festival Opera
Birmingham Post (July 2011)

'...there are some tremendous performances‚ including Simon Thorpe as the proudly corpulent Falstaff...'

Falstaff‚ Longborough Festival Opera
Opera (July 2011)

'...Simon Thorpe’s revoltingly corpulent (but very well-sung) Falstaff...'

Il Tabarro‚ English Touring Opera
The Opera (May 2011)

'Simon Thorpe conveys Michele’s distress‚ his love for Giorgetta‚ his suspicions and jealousy - also that‚ plausibly‚ it need not have played out as it does. He brings out a great tenderness in the character as well as passion'

Il Tabarro‚ English Touring Opera
Guardian (April 2011)

'...relying on first-rate protagonists – tenor Charne Rochford as Luigi‚ Simon Thorpe as Michele and Julie Unwin as the restless object of their affections‚ Giorgetta – and‚ of course‚ on Puccini’s perfect pacing'

Il Tabarro‚ English Touring Opera
Independent on Sunday (March 2011)

'Michele (Simon Thorpe) is sympathetically drawn. For her‚ an adulterous kiss is redemption from the misery of grieving for her dead child. For the twice-betrayed Michele‚ murder is the only adequate response. The singing is tough-minded‚ the drama believable'

Il Tabarro‚ English Touring Opera
Opera (March 2011)

'Simon Thorpe played Michele as being significantly older than Giorgetta‚ truthful and straightforward‚ so his lyrical outburst in the duet and subsequent bitterness in ‘Sgualdrina!... Nulla‚ silenzio’ was especially effective. Vocally‚ the role fits him perfectly at the moment‚ and he was utterly believable in it'

Il Tabarro‚ English Touring Opera
Opera Now (March 2011)

'Simon Thorpe sang very well as the cuckolded barge owner‚ Michele – no caricature‚ this was a serious‚ musical performance by a baritone who is now a contender in the Verdi-Puccini repertoire'

Il Tabarro‚ English Touring Opera
Seen & Heard International (March 2011)

'Of the principal male characters‚ Michele is played by Simon Thorpe‚ looking uncannily like the late Oliver Reed‚ who is gruff‚ world-weary and past his prime though he insists‚ “My pipe may be out‚ but I’m still hot”. It is difficult to empathise with him until towards the end he bares his soul revealing how his hopes were shattered by the death of his daughter. Simon Thorpe’s powerful‚ anguished singing served to completely change our preconceptions of him'

Il Tabarro‚ English Touring Opera
Stage (March 2011)

'Julie Unwin fleshes out Giorgetta’s unhappiness‚ with Charne Rochford perfectly presenting her doomed romantic partner and Simon Thorpe excellent as her unloved husband. All three sing with passionate engagement'

Il Tabarro‚ English Touring Opera
Sunday Express (March 2011)

'Director James Conway brilliantly ratchets up the tension to the spine-chilling finale‚ the impact all the greater for the heartfelt performances by Simon Thorpe as Michele'

Hugh The Drover‚ New Sussex Opera
Financial Times (November 2010)

'...Simon Thorpe was a suitably bluff John the Butcher'

Hugh The Drover‚ New Sussex Opera
Guardian (November 2010)

'Led by Daniel Norman’s adept Hugh‚ Celeste Lazarenko’s winsome Mary and Simon Thorpe’s forthright John the Butcher‚ the cast are solid...'

Hugh The Drover‚ New Sussex Opera (November 2010)

'Simon Thorpe made a confident and imposing John the Butcher‚ his deep baritone colouring his character’s aggressive nature'

Hugh The Drover‚ New Sussex Opera
Opera (November 2010)

'Possessor of a weighty baritone‚ Simon Thorpe was equally well cast as the bullying butcher‚ exuding menace both in and out of the ring...'

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg‚ Welsh National Opera
Musical Criticism (June 2010)

'There was splendid singing from baritone Simon Thorpe (Kothner‚ but perhaps also a future Sachs)...'

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg‚ Welsh National Opera
Opera (June 2010)

'Brindley Sherratt and Simon Thorpe were impressive as Pogner and Kothner'

Tosca‚ Welsh National Opera
Crackerjack (April 2010)

'His acting matched his vocal ability and when he tried to force his love on to Tosca‚ he really did represent a physical as well as mental threat to her'

Die Entführung aus dem Serail‚ Welsh National Opera
Independent on Sunday (February 2010)

'Simon Thorpe’s dry sophisticate of a Pasha'

Die Entführung aus dem Serail‚ Welsh National Opera
Opera (February 2010)

'Simon Thorpe as Pasha Selim was calm‚ dominating and oozed charisma'

Die Entführung aus dem Serail‚ Welsh National Opera
Seen & Heard International (February 2010)

'...interpreted by Simon Thorpe with an air of natural authority‚ making some very telling uses of silence and hesitation and conveying a plausible sense of power restrained...'

Die Entführung aus dem Serail‚ Welsh National Opera
Times (February 2010)

'...Simon Thorpe’s suave Pasha...'

Rigoletto‚ Clonter Opera
Crackerjack (October 2009)

'Vocally and dramatically the cast were in fine form. Simon Thorpe as Rigoletto and Victoria Joyce as Gilda blended together in a manor that made you believe they really were father and daughter. Passion and deep seated love came from their every phrase and reaction'

Rigoletto‚ Clonter Opera
Opera (October 2009)

'His Rigoletto showed the full range of his voice‚ with expressive singing and a fine command of suppressed anger'

Rigoletto‚ Clonter Opera
Opera Now (October 2009)

'Simon Thorpe – the only member of the cast not making his first appearance at Clonter – was biting‚ flexible and eloquent as the jester‚ ambiguous in his relationship with Gilda’s chaperone (Emily Stevenson) and anguished in his fatherly concern'

Cavalleria Rusticana‚ Dorset Opera
Opera (July 2009)

'Simon Thorpe was strong‚ too‚ as Alfio...'

Die Fledermaus‚ London Lyric Opera
Musicweb International (June 2009)

'Simon Thorpe was a convincing Dr Falke'

Katya Kabanova‚ Opera North
Telegraph (April 2007)

'...Stephen Richardson and Simon Thorpe etching sharp cameos as Dikoy and Kuligin'

Manon Lescaut‚ Opera Holland Park
Guardian (June 2006)

'Simon Thorpe is a sympathetic and smooth-toned Sharpless'

Manon Lescaut‚ Opera Holland Park
Observer on Sunday (June 2006)

'...Simon Thorpe as a touchingly concerned Lescaut'

Un ballo in maschera‚ Cork Opera
Irish Examiner (January 2005)

'...Simon Thorpe and Cara O’Sullivan are both absolutely magnificent…totally convincing actors who sang with sensitivity‚ authority and great musicality throughout'

Un ballo in maschera‚ Cork Opera
Irish Times (January 2005)

'...the ardency of baritone Simon Thorpe as Amelia’s husband‚ Anckarström‚ is altogether more persuasive‚ and he also stirs up an impressive storm with his co-conspirators...'

Un ballo in maschera‚ Cork Opera
Opera (January 2005)

'Simon Thorpe was a commanding Anckarström‚ moving from loyalist to assassin with complete conviction‚ and displaying true Verdian style throughout'

The Cunning Little Vixen‚ Opera Australia
Sydney Morning Herald (March 2004)

'The other rhapsodic lines go to the Forester‚ in which part Simon Thorpe is aptly solid‚ stolid and blunt until the closing scene'

L’elisir d’amore‚ Scottish Opera
Stage (October 2000)

'Simon Thorpe is a delicious‚ pompous Belcore'

L’elisir d’amore‚ Scottish Opera
Times (October 2000)

'Simon Thorpe made a vaingloriously macho Belcore...'