With a career that has spanned 4 continents and 85 operatic roles from the baroque to the newly composed, high respect as a pedagogue and superlative press reviews, Simon Lobelson has established himself as one of the most versatile baritones of his generation. Since graduating with first-class honours from Sydney University and the Royal College of Music with distinction, Simon has worked extensively as a soloist in Australia, the Middle East, Asia, the UK and Europe, with companies such as The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera, Opera Australia, Pinchgut Opera, Sydney Chamber Opera, London Mozart Players, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Australian Haydn Ensemble, English Chamber Orchestra, Israel Camerata and the Lucerne Festival, under such conductors as Pierre Boulez, Simon Halsey, Charles Dutoit, Paul McCreesh and Richard Bonynge, and recorded for Chandos, Toccata and ABC Classics.
Roles have included Amfortas, Escamillo, Rigoletto, Alberich, Nick Shadow, Marcello, Ford, Germont, Figaro, Michele and Don Alfonso. A champion of contemporary music, and creator of copious world premiere operatic roles, his performances in Metamorphosis for Opera Australia attracted outstanding press reviews and a Helpmann Award nomination. Simon is also lecturer in voice and opera at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, adjudicates for the Sydney Eisteddfod and has given masterclasses in both Australia and China. He recently completed his doctorate on Vocalism in Contemporary Opera through Sydney University, on an RTP Commonwealth Government Scholarship Award.