Biography

Classical Biography

Simon’s Operatic roles include Ipparco in L’Egisto by Cavalli, Cox in Sullivan’s Cox and Box, and Belcore in L’Elisir D’Amore, at the National Concert Hall of Ireland; Marcello in La Boheme with Loughcrew Opera; Silvio in I Pagliacci with Wonderland Productions; Aeneas In The Cork Opera House Production of Dido and Aeneas. He performed as Silvio in The Everyman Palace Theatre’s production of I Pagliacci, which won the Best Opera Production Award at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2013. He has toured Kilkenny Arts Festival, Galway, Cork, and Wicklow, as Aeneas, in Cork Opera House’s touring production of Dido and Aeneas (with the three great Cork Sopranos, Cara O Sullivan, Majella Cullagh, and Mary Hegarty)

He recently played the Title role in Candide with Opera in The Open, and gave the Irish Debut of Massenet’s Baritone version of “Werther” in the title role. Performances in 2013 included Boyle arts Festival, Water Music Festival, Big House Festival, and performing in the lead role of The Peacock in Julie Feeney’s opera “Bird” debuted at The Galway Arts Festival 2013.

Extended highlights include Danilo in The Merry Widow, Orestes in Iphegenie in Tauride, Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte, Marcello in “La Boheme”, High Priest and Hercules in “Alceste”, Melisso in “Alcina”, Silvio and Tonio in “I Pagliaci”, Scarpia in “Tosca” and Eugene Onegin in “Eugene Onegin”. At Dublin’s Gate Theatre, Simon played the Role of Antony in their acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd (Winner of best Opera Production at the Irish Theatre Awards).

He has performed with orchestra, as a soloist, in Ireland and the UK, Schubert and Haydn Masses, Bach’s B Minor Mass, Christmas Oratorio, and various Cantatas, The Mozart Requiem, Saint-Saens Oratorio De Noel, the Chitchester Psalms by Bernstein and the Baritone Solo in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Simon currently performs as Onassis in “Casta Diva: The Maria Callas Story” with Regina Nathan…a show that has had sold out performances on each occasion it has been held.

He has toured regularly with the Drawing Room Opera Company, performed with Opera Ireland in Boris Godonov, Aida, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, The Flying Dutchman, The Silver Tassie, and Carmen, has recorded extracts from Mirandolina by Bohuslav Martinu for Wexford Festival Opera, and has written and arranged music for RTE, the BBC, Placido Domingo, and The RTE Concert Orchestra, for whom he has performed as guest soloist live on Lyric FM as part of the Lunchtime Choice Series at the National Concert Hall. Simon recently Launched his first solo Album with Orchestra, “I’ll Be Seeing You”, at The National Concert Hall of Ireland. This Album went to number 1 in the Irish Album Charts, after a much Heralded performance on The Late Late Show.

Irish Music Biography

In the Irish Music field, Simon has been fortunate to work with some of the greatest Irish music productions. Prime among these, is one of the worlds finest, and most unique Choral groups, Anuna. Simon had the pleasure of singing with them for close on ten years, at home and abroad, featuring on a number of their album recordings.
(The Raid Clip);

Simon has toured with Riverdance, and recorded on albums for James Galway and Phil Coulter; he has toured with the Celtic singing group “Druid” (Roisin Dubh Clip).

Simon is a member of The acapella group, the Key Notes, who perform in a diverse number of styles, but for whom Irish music is a central part of their performance.

Simon recently teamed up with several other of Irelands most renowned singers, in the show “Roots Of Ireland”, which is a new Irish Musical Show, that’s getting much pre release hype…below is a short extraxt from the show of Simon, with Simon Casey) singing “Danny Boy”
(Danny Boy Video from roots of Ireland)

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