Born in Sydney and bred in Brussels, Simon Lobelson has had substantial experience as both an operatic and concert soloist in Australia, Britain and Europe. He recently completed his operatic studies on scholarship at London’s Royal College of Music with distinction under the tutelage of Roderick Earle, and currently studies with Sir Donald McIntyre.
As a concert soloist his repertoire has included Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C minor, Gubaidulina’s Now Always Snow with the Sydney Symphony and under Pierre Boulez for the Lucerne Festival, Rameau’s Les Grands Motets with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Brahms’ German Requiem in Brecon Cathedral, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Orff’s Carmina burana, Bach’s St John Passion, Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli, Fauré’s Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ Five Tudor Portraits in Sydney Town Hall and his Fantasia on Christmas Carols at St Martin-in-the-Fields, as well as recitals in Vienna in 2006.
Recent operatic roles have included Marcello (La bohème) in Tuscany and France; Doctor Falke (Die Fledermaus); Nottingham (Roberto Devereux) in Spain; The Drunken Poet (Purcell’s The Fairy Queen) for Pinchgut Opera (available on the ABC Classics label); The Prig (Elizabeth Maconchy’s The Sofa) at Sadler’s Wells (commercially recorded for the Chandos label); L’Horloge and Le Chat (L’enfant et les sortilèges) in Greece, and Harry Easter / George Jones in Weill’s Street Scene for the Young Vic and Buxton Festivals.
Simon has also appeared as Ramiro (L’Heure espagnole), Don Alfonso and Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Junius (The Rape of Lucretia), Papageno (The Magic Flute), Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Gaoler (Dialogues of the Carmelites), King Hildebrand (Princess Ida), Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas), Dancaïro (Carmen), Macheath (The Beggar’s Opera), Plunkett (Martha), Noye (Noye’s Fludde), Dvoikin (Rayok), Wilfrid Shadbolt (The Yeomen of the Guard) and The Pirate King (The Pirates of Penzance).
Simon sang the role of The Drunken Poet in The Fairy Queen (2003) and Joabel in David & Jonathan (2008). He also appeared in Semele in 2002 for Pinchgut Opera.
This bio taken from the last program in which Simon appeared.
Photo by Bridget Elliot
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