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 2016/17 season with Teatro Real de Madrid’s production of Billy Budd in the role of Dansker, the reprising role of Il Commendatore in Northern Ireland Opera’s production of Don Giovanni, Fafner in Rheingold with the Halle Orchestra in Manchester, Theseus in Aldeburgh Music’s production of Midsummernights’ Dream and Publio in Clemenza di Tito at Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

Clive’s operatic engagements in the 2015/16 season include Glyndebourne Touring Opera’s production ofDie Entführung aus dem Serail and subsequently returned to Grange Park Opera in 2016 as Filippo II inDon Carlos.

Season 2014/15 saw Clive performing as Gesler in Guillaume Tell with the Welsh National Opera, Il Commendatore in Bergen opera’s production of Don Giovanni, and a recording of Gaetano Donizetti’s Les Martyrs with Opera Rara and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in which Clive sung the role of Callisthènes.

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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