Clive Bayley Bass


Born in Manchester, Clive Bayley performs on the greatest international opera stages in a rich repertoire which includes the works of Monteverdi, Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Berg, Britten, Birtwistle, Wagner and Ligeti. 

In 2014, he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York as the Doctor (Wozzeck). He has sung Astradamos (Le Grand Macabre) in San Francisco, Don Quichotte’s title-role and Prince Gremin (Onegin) at Grange Park Opera, Sir Walter Raleigh (Gloriana) in Hamburg and London. His repertoire also includes the roles of Kecal (The Bartered Bride), Barbe‑Bleue (Le Château de Barbe-Bleue), Roco (Fidelio), King Marke (Tristan und Isolde)… 

At the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, he performed Arkel (Pelléas et Mélisande), Titurel (Parsifal), Sylvano (La Calisto), Geronte (Manon Lescaut), Achille (Giulio Cesare). At the Opéra national du Rhin, he sang Fasolt (Das Rheingold) in a production by David McVicar. He also portrayed Claggart (Billy Budd) in Frankfurt in a production by Richard Jones. In 2021, he performed at the Teatro Real Madrid (Peter Grimes) and the Grange Park Opera (The Excursions of Mr. Brouček, Ivan the Terrible). 

He recorded the Ring as Fafner and Hunding under the direction of Sir Mark Elder. His discography also includes Candide with Leonard Bernstein and recordings with Les Arts Florissants under William Christie.

At the Paris Opera: Œdipe (Tirésias), 2021 ; Peter Grimes (Swallow), 2023

Currently in

  • Palais Garnier
  • from 23 January to 24 February 2023
  • Opéra Bastille
  • from 08 March to 09 April 2023

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