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Simon Wallfisch

Baritone

Born into a musical family, Simon Wallfisch began playing the cello aged 5. At 18 He was awarded a foundation scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music. After graduating as a cellist with Honours in 2004, Simon returned to the Royal College of Music to study voice, gaining a Post-Graduate Diploma.

During his studies in London, he was awarded several prizes including The Georg Solti Foundation, Emmy Destinn Foundation, Giuseppe Di Stefano Competition Sicily, The DAAD, Countess of Munster Trust, The English Speaking Union and the Royal Overseas League "Young Singer of Promise", Wallfisch left London for studies in Berlin and Leipzig in 2006. He was encouraged to change to tenor and was thus engaged at the Zurich Opera House on the Young Artists' Programme in 2009.

In 2011 Wallfisch moved back to his natural Baritone Fach. He was re-engaged for a season at the Zurich Opera House Young Artists' in 2012. There he had the opportunity to sing several roles under the batons of Sir Mark Elder, Nello Santi, Phillipe Jordan, Ingo Metzmacher, Massimo Zanetti, and work with directors such as Konwischny, Michieletto and Poutney.

Wallfisch has broadcast on BBC Radio, Arte, Bayerische Rundfunk/Fernsehen, Nord Deutsche Rundfunk, Swiss Radio.

During his studies in Leipzig, Wallfisch appeared as Basilio Le nozze di Figaro in the Oper Leipzig, Soldat Der Kaiser von Atlantis and 2 Tenor Die sieben Todsünden for the Bayerische Rundfunk and in Anhaltisches Theater Dessau, and Karl Die beiden Pädagogen (Mendelssohn) in Ludwigsburger Schloss Festspiele. He also sang as a guest artist at the Landes Theater Gera-Altenburg, Stadttheater Fürth and Theater Magdeburg.

On the concert platform, Wallfisch has performed works by Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Saint-Saens, Britten, Janacek and Orff in Musikhalle Hamburg, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall London, Douai Abbey Berkshire, Otto Braun Saal Philharmonie, Französischer Dom Berlin, Thomaskirche, Opernhaus Leipzig, Pier 2 Arena Bremen, with orchestras including the English Chamber Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Zurich Konzert Chor, Frankfurter Sinfoniker, Reading Bach Choir, Imperial College Symphony Orchestra and the Wallfisch Band. In 2014 he will perform as soloist with the Leipizg Gewandhaus Orchestra.

As recitalist, Wallfisch was a featured artist at the Oxford Lieder Festival, London Purcell Room, St Georges Brandon Hill Bristol, and in 2010 he performed Schubert's "Die Winterreise" with Graham Johnson. Wallfisch is in demand as recitalist in Germany, France and Switzerland and works in duo partnerships with pianist and composer Edward Rushton, James Baillieu, Gary Matthewmann, Alison Cullen, Simon Waterton, Lucy Colqohoun and Christiane Behn.

Simon Wallfisch will make his debut CD recording with Nimbus Records in 2014.

Press:

"Wallfisch’s hilarious performance throws into light another of Pop Up Opera’s strengths: their shows are always very funny"

Performance Reviewed, Rita & La Serva Padrona

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