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CHAN 241-50M
Troilus And Cressida
HL 7531
Wagner - Die Walkure
CHAN 3011M
Don Pasquale
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Clive Bayley (Old Monk) studied at the Royal Northern College of Music where he was a Peter Moores Scholar. He made his debut with The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, in the premiere of Harrison Birtwistle’s Gawain and has since appeared there in many roles, including Colline (La Bohème), Hans Foltz (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Castro (La fanciulla del West), Carbon (Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac), Thoas (Iphigénie en Tauride), Sylvano (La Calisto) and Hunding (Die Walküre). He has had notable successes with Opera North, where roles have included Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Ebn Hakia (Yolanta), Raleigh (Gloriana), the Referee (Benedict Mason’s Playing Away), Ferrando (Il trovatore), Arkel (Pelléas et Mélisande), Wurm (Luisa Miller), the title-role in Le nozze di Figaro, the Doctor (Wozzeck), Antinous (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria), and Osmin (Die Entführung aus dem Serail).

He has performed with Opera Factory, Grange Park Opera, Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Glyndebourne Touring Opera. Abroad Clive Bayley has sung at the opera houses in Geneva, Amsterdam, Seattle, San Francisco, Lisbon, Lausanne, Toulouse, Munich and Copenhagen, and has sung in concert with Les Arts Florissants and William Christie on tour, and in Munich with the Bayerische Staatsoper. With the Opera National du Rhin, Strasbourg, he has sung Fasolt (Das Rheingold) and Hunding, and with Frankfurt Opera Claggart (Billy Budd).

His recordings for Chandos’ Opera in English series include the Bonze (Madam Butterfly), Ferrando (Il trovatore), Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Pistol (Falstaff) and Timur (Turandot).

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CHAN 10186
Baa Baa Black Sheep

''the cast is marvellous from top to bottom. Everyone sings extremely well, with remarkably clear diction, especially given the diff...
CHAN 3007
Boris Godunov Highlights

"... A highly compelling disc, made more communicative by being sung n English..."

The Penguin ...

CHAN 3011
Don Pasquale

…Barry Banks as Ernesto, a performance to compare favourably with those by foreign tenors who have a wider but not necessarily more justif...
CHAN 3036
Il Trovatore (The Troubadour)

‘…I cannot think of a performance I have enjoyed more than this one… It is one of the series’ best.’...
CHAN 3057
Don Giovanni

…the most intelligent and certainly the most involving traversal of the opera on record for many years… being able to follow every nuance of ...
CHAN 3070
Madam Butterfly

'…another in Chandos' splendid Opera in English series…'...
CHAN 3079

'It is serious competition for the currently available recordings in Italian.'...
CHAN 3086

'Eaglen is magnificent as Puccini's eponymous anti-heroine in a fine addition to the Opera in English series.'...