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 2017/18 season. Highlights of this season include; Peter Grimes for Oper Frankfurt, the title role in Boris Goudnov for Gothenburg Opera, Capulet in Romeo and Juliet for Grange Park Opera, Fafner in Siegfried with the Hallé Orchestra which will be repeated later in the season at the Edinburgh Festival.

Previous operatic engagements include; Publio in La Clemenza di Tito, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Claggart in Billy Budd at Gothenburg Opera and Der Fliegende Holländer at the Royal Danish Theatre, in which he performed the role of Daland.

At the beginning of 2014, Clive made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where he sang the role of the Doctor in Wozzeck. Clive has also appeared in roles such Astramados in Le Grand Macabre in San Francisco, Don Quichotte at Grange Park Opera, Sir Walter Raleigh in Benjamin Britten’s Gloriana, at both the Hamburg Opera and the Royal Opera House and as Prince Gremin in Onegin at Grange Park Opera. His appearances include such roles as Kecal in The Bartered Bride, Bluebeard in Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, Rocco in Fidelio and König Marke in Tristan und Isolde.

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“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