Simon Lobelson was born in Sydney of Egyptian parents and brought up in Brussels. He gained his Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney and completed his Opera Diploma with distinction at the Royal College of Music in London on a scholarship under Roderick Earle. He currently studies with Sir Donald McIntyre and has since worked as a soloist in Australia, the Middle East, Asia, the United Kingdom and Europe.
Simon has appeared with Royal Opera, English National Opera, Garsington Opera, Chelsea Opera Group, Pinchgut Opera, English Touring Opera, Buxton Festival, Longborough Festival Opera, Spain’s Valladolid Opera, The Classical Opera Company, British Youth Opera, Swansea City Opera and The Opera Project in a wide range of roles including Escamillo, Rigoletto, Alberich, Marcello, Aeneas, both Rossini’s and Mozart’s Figaro, Don Alfonso, Guglielmo, Masetto, Papageno, Osmin in Zaide, Quinalt in Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, Nottingham in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux, Mittenhofer in Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers, Harry Easter in Weill’s Street Scene, Ramiro in Ravel’s L’heure espagnole and The Pirate King.
On the concert platform, highlights have included Haydn’s Creation and Nelson Mass with the Israel Camerata and London Mozart Players, Berio’s Sinfonia under Pierre Boulez, Bach’s St John Passion, Christmas Oratorio and Ascension Oratorio, Mozart’s Requiem and Great Mass in C minor, Messiah, A Sea Symphony, Ein Deutsches Requiem, Elijah, Carmina Burana and Rameau’s Les Grands Motets with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, in venues including the Sydney Opera House, Angel Place, Snape Maltings, the Lucerne Festival, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Brighton Festival, LSO St Lukes, York Minster, Sydney Town Hall and St Martin in the Fields.
Recent projects include Germont in La Traviata for the Ilford Festival, Amfortas Parsifal, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, and Mendaña in a live broadcast of Peter Sculthorpe’s Great South Land for the Canberra International Music Festival, Opera Galas on tour in China for the OLA Asia Group, Duruflé’s Requiem and Gounod’s Messe Solennelle in St John’s Smith Square, and Spencer Coyle in the Australian premiere of Britten’s Owen Wingrave.
His recordings include The Sofa for Chandos, Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Nicolai Mass for Israel Camerata, Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and Charpentier’s David et Jonathas for ABC Classics. He has appeared on BBC Radio 3, both ABC Classic FM and 2MBS FM, and on the inflight soundtrack for British Airways and Qantas flights.