Simon Bailey was born in Lincoln and read music at Clare College, Cambridge University, where he was a choral scholar. In 1997 he commenced postgraduate study at the Royal Northern College of Music, where Neil Howlett taught him. Simon has performed as a guest artist as Don Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia at La Scala, as Enrico for Prolirica´s production of Lucia di Lammermoor in Lima, Peru, as Don Basilio in Beijing, in the title role in Händel´s Hercules for the Athens festival, and in Vienna as Publio in La clemenza di Tito. His repertoire includes Händel´s Messiah, Haydn´s Creation, the Mozart, Faure and Duruflé Requiems, Rossini´s Petite Messe Solonelle, Beethoven´s Missa Solemnis and many others, works he has performed throughout Europe and South America. He appears on Opera Rara’s Il diluvio universale (ORC31) and Adelaide di Borgogna (ORC32).