Simon Butteriss BARITONE

Simon Butteriss has sung roles at La Scala Milan, Paris Chatelet, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Liceu Barcelona, ENO, WNO, Almeida Opera, Bregenz Festspiele, Wiener Festwochen, Aldeburgh, Garsington Opera, Grange Park Opera, Opera Holland Park.

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New productions in which he has sung at ENO include Le Grand Macabre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Boheme, Candide, The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, The Tales of Hoffmann.

He has sung the Gilbert and Sullivan Patter roles at the Savoy Theatre, the BBC Proms and throughout the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  He wrote and presented the critically acclaimed television series about Gilbert and Sullivan, A Motley Pair, appeared in Mike Leigh’s Oscar-winning G&S film, Topsy-Turvy and wrote and performed the television film about the creator of the G&S patter roles, George Grossmith, A Salaried Wit.

He has written and translated for stage, screen and opera house and he directed The Yeoman of the Guard and The Merry Widow for the Philharmonia Orchestra (RFH), The Yeoman of the Guard (RLPO); The Mikado, HMS Pinafore and The Very Best of Gilbert and Sullivan for Raymond Gubbay (Barbican, RFH, and in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh); The Mikado, Iolanthe and Princess Ida for the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival at the Buxton Opera House and Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale (also playing The Devil) with Edward Fox as narrator.  He staged the Turandot sequence in the Warner Bros. movie Chasing Liberty.

He has worked extensively as an actor (West End, RSC, Old Vic Company; television credits include Hugh Brandon in two series of By the Sword Divided, Coco LeBiche in French and Saunders’ Let Them Eat Cake and James in the BBC R4 sitcom, Taking it up the Octave). 

Future engagements include directing The Mikado (also singing Ko-Ko) and Iolanthe (also singing Lord Chancellor) for the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company on tour and singing Starveling A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Aix en Provence.