Simon Butteriss (baritone) has sung principal roles at La Scala Milan, Paris Chatelet, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Liceu Barcelona, ENO, WNO, Garsington Opera, Grange Park Opera, Opera Holland Park, Almeida Opera, Aldeburgh, Bregenz Festspiele and Wiener Festwochen. 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 George Grossmith, creator of the G&S patter roles, ‘A Salaried Wit’. He has worked extensively as an actor in film, theatre, television and radio, appearing in numerous West End plays and musicals, with RSC, Old Vic Company. Television appearances include two series of ‘By the Sword Divided’ and French and Saunders’ ‘Let Them Eat Cake’, and he has written and translated for stage, screen and opera house.
This year’s engagements included Cochenille/Frantz/Pitichinaccio/Andres The Tales of Hoffmann (ENO), directing (and singing Sir Joseph) HMS Pinafore (Raymond Gubbay), directing (and singing Jack Point) The Yeomen Of The Guard (Philharmonia/RFH and RLPO in Liverpool), Don Pedro La perichole at Garsington and, at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival at Buxton Opera House, directing (and singing Koko) The Mikado and Sir Joseph Porter HMS Pinafore.
Future engagements include directing The Merry Widow (and playing Njegus) for the Philharmonia at RFH; Benoit/Alcindoro La bohème (ENO) and Black Minister Ligeti’s Le grand macabre (La Monnaie, Brussels).