Simon Butteriss

Actor/Writer/Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Film, TV & Theatre

Writer/director/translator/actor/singer/presenter - Simon Butteriss read English at Cambridge, trained at the RCM Opera School and started his career as an actor in West End plays and musicals and with the RSC, OLd Vic Company and at Chichester. He has also made numerous film and television appearances. As a performer, he is perhaps best known in the Gilbert and Sullivan patter roles, which he continues to sing all over the world and he now also pursues a busy career in international opera, singing at La Scala, Milan, with English National Opera and others.

In 2012 he started directing at the simultaneous behest of Raymond Gubbay and Philharmonia Orchestra.  In the following twelve months he directed seven major productions for which he garnered five star reviews in the national press.

"The great Simon Butteriss directs with a deft hand.  Peerless" *****     

IOLANTHE (International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, Buxton Opera House)   Daily Mail

"A rousing production directed by Simon Butteriss, who also played the leading role of Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner. Buttteriss never missed a chance to contribute to extra glee; this production is glorious in its absurdity and added up to  thoroughly entertaining and deliciously over-the-top evening"

THE MIKADO (International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. Buxton Opera House)  Daily Express

"Director Simon Butteriss, who also plays the Lord High Executioner .......is my nomination for greatest living Englishman..... his production delights ......................   presented with zip and polish...the audience guffaws and applauds as if each word is new to them...."

THE MIKADO (International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. Buxton Opera House *****   Daily Mail

2014 projects included directing DIE FLEDERMAUS (Philharmonia Orchestra/John Wilson) at the Royal Festival Hall and IOLANTHE and THE MIKADO for a major national tour.  2015 projects include writing and directing a drama series for BBC Radio 4 and directing his own translation of Schonberg's Brettl Lieder, with Mahler's Leider Eines Fahrenden Gesellen for RCM.

Opera

ProductionCompanyNotes

LA COLOMBE

2016

West Green House Opera

Director and translator

DIE FLEDERMAUS

2014

Philharmonia Orchestra

Director, Royal Festival Hall; also wrote narration

CARMEN

2014

RTE Orchestra

wrote narration

THE MIKADO/IOLANTHE

2014

National tour

director

THE MIKADO

2013

Raymond Gubbay

Director Royal Festival Hall,Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall

IOLANTHE

2013

International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival

Director Buxton Opera House, Harrogate Royal Hall

PRINCESS IDA

2013

International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival

Director Buxton Opera House, Harrogate Royal Hall

THE MERRY WIDOW

2012

Philharmonia Orchestra/John Wilson

Director Royal Festival Hall /also wrote Narration

THE MIKADO

2012

International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival

Director Buxton Opera House. Harrogate Royal Hall

THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD

2012

Philharmonia Orchestra/John Wilson

Director Royal Festival Hall and, with RLPO, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

HMS PINAFORE

2012

Raymond Gubbay

Director Barbican Hall, Manchester Bridgewater Hall. Birmingham Symphony Hall, Edinburgh Usher Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

IOLANTHE

West End

Additional lyrics

DIE ENTFUHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

translation and narration,
Premiered by Boston Symphony Orchestra

SOSARME

London Handel Festival

Translation

FRA DIAVOLO

Stanley Hall

Translation

LA PIETRA DEL PARAGONE

Stanley Hall Opera

Translation

FIDELIO

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Brighton Festival

wrote Narration

IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA

Opus 1 Music

Translation

LA VOIX HUMAINE

Critical Mass

Translation of Poulenc's opera

KISS AND TELL MOZART

Covent Garden Festival

70 minute, 6 singer version of FIGARO

LET'S MAKE AN OPERA

Britten Estate and Aldeburgh Productions

New play to precede THE LITTLE SWEEP

THE MAGIC FLUTE AND THE BROOMSTICK

Wigmore Hall

70 minute, 3 singer version of Mozart's FLUTE/Humperdinck's HANSEL & GRETEL

THE MIKADO

West End

Additional lyrics

Other

ProductionCompanyNotes

DRAW ON SWEET NIGHT

2014

Feature film

'translated' screenplay into 17th Century English

BRETTL Lieder

2014

RCM

translated the Schonberg song cycle

HELLO DOLLY

2014

RTE orchestra

wrote narrative script

THE VERY BEST OF GILBERT AND SULLIVAN

2014

Raymond Gubbay

Director at Barbican Hall, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Symphony Hall Birmingham, also wrote linking script

PETER AND THE WOLF

CBSO

Wrote new narration

YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO THE ORCHESTRA

CBSO/Britten Estate

Wrote new narration

CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS

Wigmore Hall

Adapted narration

Essay on Schoenberg

Aldeburgh Festivals

Essay on Britten

Aldeburgh Festivals

Essay on Verdi's TRAVIATA

Longborough Festival

Essay on Strauss

Opera della Luna

Radio

ProductionCompanyNotes

SIMON BUTTERISS ON PUSHKIN

2017

BBC Radio 3

Presenter Saturday Classics

WHAT'S COMIC ABOUT OPERA

2016

BBC Radio 3

Presenter, Saturday Classics

I AM THE VERY MODEL OF A MODERN MAJOR GENERAL

2015

BBC Radio 4

Director and co-writer

Television

ProductionCompanyNotes

A MOTLEY PAIR

Capriol Films/Sky Arts

5 part series, written and presented by Simon

A SALARIED WIT

Capriol Films/SkyArts

George Grossmith documentary, written and presented by Simon

Song Lyric: ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE

ITV

for Lynda La Plante's ABOVE SUSPICION

A GOOSEBERRY FOOL

Capriol Films/Sky Arts

Oliver Goldsmith documentary, written and Presented by Simon

WHAT MADE MOZART TIC?

C4/3MBTV

Translation of Mozart lyrics