Baritone

Simon Meadows

Press

"Most impressive in both vocal and dramatic terms [was] Simon Meadow’s grim Alberich..."
- Bachtrack

"...Simon Meadows shines thanks to a warm, agile, confident baritone, and the unrelenting grimness of his Alberich."
- Limelight Magazine

"Baritone Simon Meadows was strikingly effective in the sixth movement, Denn wir haben hier keine bleibende Statt (For here we have no abiding city) evoking the last trumpet (or as it is in the German, the last trombone)."
- Limelight Magazine

"As the slimy Alberich, baritone Simon Meadows gives the standout performance of the night and his career."
- The Sydney Morning Herald

"Meadows makes odious villain Alberich a compelling figure, singing the role with superbly controlled power and gloriously rich tone."
- Man in Chair

Biography

Baritone Simon Meadows is a stalwart of the Australian opera stage and is much-loved by audiences across the country. His roles have included Musiklehrer in Ariadne auf Naxos (Victorian Opera), Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera Australia), Jimmy in Stuart Greenbaum’s The Parrot Factory (Victorian Opera), the Lieutenant in Kate Miller-Heidke’s The Rabbits (Opera Australia) and Alberich in Das Rheingold (Melbourne Opera). He is also an acclaimed concert singer, performing as the baritone soloist in the world premiere of Richard Mills’ song cycle “In Tempore Bello”. He performed the lead role of Rupert Brooke in Nicholas Vines’ opera The Hive (Chamber Made Opera) for which he received a Green Room Award nomination.

In 2013, Simon Meadows performed the role of Belcore in Donizetti's L’Elisir D’Amore with UK company Opera up Close. He also made his German debut singing the Baritone solo in Swiss composer Frank Martin’s In Terra Pax at Berlin’s Heilige Kreuz Kirche. In 2012, he performed the title role in Verdi’s Macbeth (Kennet Opera), Villequier in Chabrier’s Le Malgre Roi Lui (Wexford Festival Opera, Ireland), Escamillo in Carmen (Opera Up Close, London and Melbourne Opera), and Sonora in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West (Opera Up Close). He also performed new works in the NOVA workshop for Victorian Opera. Simon’s Concert Engagements have were as soloist in the Schubert Mass in G (Wexford, Ireland) and the Brahms Eine Deutsches Requiem (Romsey Abbey, UK).

For Opera Australia, Simon has performed Morales in Bizet’s Carmen, Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, the Imperial Commissioner and Yamadori in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, the Lieutenant in Kate Miller-Heidke’s The Rabbits, The Gaoler in Puccini’s Tosca and the Messenger in Verdi’s La Traviata.

Simon’s roles for other companies include the title role in Le Nozze (Australian International Opera Company), Almaviva (VCA Opera studio and Eastern Metropolitan Opera), Sprecher in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote (Athenaeum Opera series), Guglielmo in Cosi fan Tutte (Melbourne Opera). He has performed both Junius (VCA Opera series) and Tarquinius (Lyric Opera Melbourne) in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia well as Demetrius in A Midsummer Nights Dream (Co-Opera, SA). Marcello in Puccini’s La Boheme (Co-Opera, Citi Opera and Opera Siam in Bangkok), and Marco in Gianni Schicchi (VCA Opera Studio). Understudied Einaugige in Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten (Melbourne International Festival) and Musiklehrer in Ariadne auf Naxos (Victorian Opera). Also performed Figaro in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Melbourne Opera), Cascada in Lehar’s The Merry Widow (Melbourne Opera), Marullo in Verdi’s Rigoletto (Melbourne Opera), Silvio in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci (Preston Symphony) and Tonio (Sydney Independent Opera), Tchelio in Prokofiev’s L’amour des trios Oranges (VCA Opera studio), Dancairo in Carmen (Eastern Metropolitan Opera), Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana (Citi Opera) Jimmy in Stuart Greenbaum’s The Parrot Factory (Victorian Opera), and David in Samuel Barber’s A Hand of Bridge (Athenaeum Opera series).

Concert engagements have included Dvorak’s Te Deum (Stonnington Symphony) and dramatic cantata The Spectres Bride (Willoughby Symphony), Schubert’s Mass in G, Bach’s Wachet Auf cantata (Victoria Chorale), Mozart’s Requiem (Sydney Philharmonia), Orff’s Carmina Burana (Melbourne Philharmonia), Handel’s Messiah (Victoria Chorale), Judas Maccabaeus (Heidelberg Choral Society) Haydn’s Nelson Mass (National Boys Choir) and The Creation (St James King St, Sydney), Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs (Melbourne Uni Chorale), A Sea Symphony (Willoughby Symphony and Royal Melbourne Philharmonia), Serenade to Music (Victorian Opera), Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia (Monash Symphony). He has performed recitals at Midsumma Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Lieder Society of Victoria, and Castlemaine Arts Festival. Another highlight was performing the Baritone solo in Faure’s Requiem in a collaboration between Opera Victoria and the Australian Ballet.

Simon studied at the Victorian College of the Arts graduating with a BA (Music) and a Grad Dip (Opera) where he was the recipient of the Mabel Kent Singing Scholarship. He was a winner of the Armstead vocal scholarship for the Music Lovers Society of Victoria as well as a finalist in the Liederfest.

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