Born in Manchester, Clive Bayley sings regularly with the major international opera companies in a diverse repertoire spanning Monteverdi, Händel, Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Alban Berg, Benjamin Britten, Birtwistle, Richard Wagner and Ligeti. First time he sang at GöteborgsOperan was 2012 as Claggart in Billy Budd. He made his debut at Royal Opera, Covent Garden, where he has since appeared in the world-premiere of Harrison Birtwistle’s Gawain and sung roles as Biterolf in Tannhäuser, Colline in La Bohème, Hans Foltz in Die Meistersinger, Carbon in Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac, Thoas in Iphigénie en Tauride, Sylvano in La Calisto and Hunding in Die Walküre.
2014 he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in the role of the Doctor in Wozzeck. Lately Clive Bailey has sung roles such as Il Commendatore in Bergen Opera’s production of Don Giovanni, Fafner in Rheingold with the Halle Orchestra in Manchester, Publio in Clemenza di Tito at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Filippo II in Don Carlos at Grange Park Opera. Recordings for Chandos include Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the English Northern Philaharmonia and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Gaetano Donizetti’s Les Martyrs with Opera Rara and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Hunding in Die Walküre and the Grand Inquisitor in the “Study Scene” from Don Carlos with the Hallé Orchestra under Mark Elder 2016.