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 in 2010, Simon sings actively as an Oratorio soloist with Choirs. Highlights include the Brahms Requiem with the Tudor Consort, Jesus in the Schutz St Matthew Passion with the Tudor Consort, Jesus in Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Bach Choir, Mendelssohns Elijah with Kapiti Chorale and Rossini’s Petite Messe Sollenelle with Nota Bene.
Simon also sings with Days Bay Opera performing Don Alfonso from Mozarts Cosi fan Tutte, Il Commendatore from Strauss Der Rosenkavalier and Sylvano from Cavalli’s La Calisto.
Since 2016, Simon recently renewed his passion for choral music and ensemble singing and now sings with Voices New Zealand and Tudor Consort. He formed all male vocal group – Aurora IV, and also sings German Lied with Maaike Christie-Beekman, Lisa Harper-Brown and Richard Greager with accompanists Emma Sayers and Richard Mapp.
See Simon’s agenda for more details.