"...There’s no doubting the quality of his artistry. Dynamics are immaculately controlled... Wallfisch has a consistently fine way with words... his ceaseless shifts in tone create characterisations of quite exceptional vividness..."
Gramophone (Tim Ashley)
Gramophone (Tim Ashley)
Making his Royal Opera House debut in 2020, in international demand as concert and opera singer, Simon Wallfisch is amassing a steady output of recordings, including 'Songs by Geoffrey Bush' (Lyrita 2015), Songs by Caplet, Honegger, Milhaud and Ravel (Nimbus 2017), 'Gesänge des Orients' (Nimbus 2018), Songs by Thea Musgrave (Lyrita 2019), Songs by Robin Holloway (Delphian 2019) and Schumann Lieder (Resonus 2020). He made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2017, performing with the Nash Ensemble live on BBC Radio 3, he has appeared several times at the Oxford Lieder festival, London Song Festival and several venues across Europe including Berlin's Konzerthaus, Hamburg Laeszhalle, the Litomysl Smetena Festival and the Pražské Múzy festival in the Czech Republic. Recent operatic roles include FIERAMOSCA in Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini (Staatsoper Nürnberg 2016) MARCELLO Puccini La Boheme (Teatro Verdi Casciana Terme, Pisa 2016) ESCAMILLO La Tragedie de Carmen (National Reis Opera, Holland 2013). PELLEAS and ALBERT (English Touring Opera 2015).
He gained a postgraduate diploma from the Royal College of Music in 2006, studying with Russell Smythe. During his studies in London, he was awarded several prizes including the Royal Overseas League singer of promise 2005.
In 2006 Wallfisch continued his studies in Berlin (Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik 2006-2007) and Leipzig (Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy 2007-2009), studying with Dr Favaro-Reuter, and in the Liedklasse of Wolfram Rieger. During this time he briefly experimented with being a tenor (2007-2010) and appeared as guest artist in principal roles at the Leipzig Opera (Basilio/Curzio), Magdeburg Opera (2 Tenor/7Todsünden), Altenburg-Gera Opera (Leo/Das Opernschiff) and Stadttheater Fürth (Soldat/Kaiser von Atlantis).
Subsequently he was engaged at the International Opera Studio of the Zurich Opera House (2009-2011), whilst continuing his vocal studies in Lausanne with Gary Magby singing many roles on the main stage.
Simon began his career as a cellist, playing with several orchestras including the English Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra before concentrating on singing.
In demand as a teacher, Simon has adjudicated, given workshops and classes at the Royal College of Music, London, Royal Conservatoire Birmingham, Osnabrück Musik Hochschule, Institut für Verfemte Musik Schwerin and Hochschule für Musik Rostock, Jerusalem Music Centre, Aldeburgh Young Musicians and the University of West London.