Simon was a member of De Nieuwe Opera Academie from 2001-2003 where he performed the roles of Figaro, Papageno and Le fauteil from L’enfant et les sortilèges. He also sang the role of Masetto with Opera Utrecht, as well as operas by Offenbach and Suppe for Opera Trionfo and in productions with the De Nederlandse Opera including Götterdämmerung, Norma, L’amour des Trois Orange, Peter Grimes and Samson.
In oratorio, Simon sang as a bass soloist at the Montedon Festival in France, the Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy and the Ljubliana Festival in Slovenia and also in Denmark. He also sang Bach cantatas regularly with the Noordelijke Bach Consort and the Amsterdam Bach consort.
Recital highlights include singing at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and recitals in Bonn and Stuttgart for the KunstKeller Festival. A particular career highlight was performing Des Knaben Wunderhorn for the ex-French President, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, at his residence in the Loire Valley, France.
Since returning to New Zealand, Simon is an Oratorio soloist with various choral societies, and also sings Opera roles with Days Bay Opera such as Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte, aIl Commisario in Der Rosenkavalier and Silvano in Cavalli’s La Calisto
Upcoming engagements this year include Jesus in Bach’s Passion with Richard Greager, Peter Walls and the Bach Choir, the title role in Elijah and bass soloist in the Mozart Requiem.