Clive Bayley



Born in Manchester, Clive Bayley sings regularly with the major opera companies in a diverse repertoire spanning Monteverdi, Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Alban Berg, Benjamin Britten, Birtwistle, Richard Wagner and Ligeti.

Clive will continue to showcase his operatic and concert repertoire in the 2018/19 season performing the role of Raimondo Bidement in Lucia di Lammermoor at the English National Opera; Savel Prokofjevic Dikoy in Katya Kabanova and Dansker in Billy Budd at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; King Philip in Don Carlo at Grange Park Opera and singing Stravinsky’s Threni and Rake’s Progress with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski.

Previous operatic engagements include Swallow in Peter Grimes for Oper Frankfurt; the title role in Boris Goudnov, Publio in La Clemenza di Tito, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Claggart in Billy Budd at Gothenburg Opera; Capulet in Romeo and Juliet for Grange Park Opera; Fafner in Siegfried with the Hallé Orchestra; and Daland in Der Fliegende Holländer at the Royal Danish Theatre.

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Clive Bayley a “Masterly” Ivan the Terrible at Grange Park Opera

Clive Bayley is earning rave reviews for his performance of Ivan the Terrible in David Pountney’s production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s 1872 opera at Grange Park Opera. As the all-powerful ruler re-discovering his long-lost illegitimate daughter, Bayley, “sounding mighty...

Clive Bayley Makes Boris Godunov Role Debut in Gothenburg

Clive Bayley made his role début in the lead role of Boris Godunov at The Göteborg Opera on Saturday 21 April. The production, directed by Peter Konwitschny and conducted by Leo Hussain runs until 13 May. Please click here to purchase tickets. Clive will then go on to...


“…Clive Bayley once more proving that when it comes to presenting a gruff manner concealing a heart of flint, he has no equal; his assumption of Ivan, whose real nickname was ‘formidable’ rather than ‘terrible,’ recalled his definitive Philip of Spain in its complexity, and his singing on this occasion was superbly expressive.” 

Ivan the Terrible, Grange Park Opera

Melanie Eskanazi

Music OMH

“…a masterly performance that dominated, but which remained part of the ensemble.”

Ivan the Terrible, Grange Park Opera

Robert Hugill

Opera Today

“Clive Bayley is the four villains, demonstrating once again that he is a versatile and imposing a bass as any in the world at present.”

Michael Tanner

The Specator

“The British bass Clive Bayley made an auspicious Met debut as the Doctor, who enlists Wozzeck as a guinea pig for preposterous medical experiments. Mr. Bayley brings a robust voice and a maniacal gaze to this sneering quack.”

Anthony Tommasini

New York Times