Simon Dyer grew up as an athlete, but as fate would have it, an injury led him to join a chorus in an afterschool program. With a little encouragement and some nurturing, Simon went on to pursue a degree in Voice Performance from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. As a student, Simon attended BLO’s performance of The Magic Flute in 2013 and learned about our Emerging Artist initiative from the program book.
The rest is history – today Simon is one of BLO’s 12 Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artists. As a member of the 2016/17 class, Simon receives support and advice from professionals in the field and from BLO staff, while also being encouraged to go out in the world and make his own way. Simon singled out this “free-spirited” attitude as one of the things he has enjoyed most about being an Emerging Artist.
Simon has accomplished quite a bit outside of BLO as well as within. Perhaps you saw Simon in the chorus of Carmen… He was also behind the scenes in Greek as the English Diction Coach – well-suited for the role, having grown up neighboring the East End. His goal for Greek was to convey not only the East End accent but along with it, the culture and subtle aspects that area uniquely bring to this performance. You’ll continue to see him this Season as the Keeper in The Rake’s Progress and as Antonio in The Marriage of Figaro – two roles which he’s very excited to take on as they mark a new phase in his career.
Our Emerging Artists do so much – not just within BLO but throughout the opera community. BLO helps to make this possible by providing staff time and mentorship in addition to employing Emerging Artists to perform in our community programs as well as our performances. We hope you’ll take notice of the amazing work our Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artists are doing and help us to support them, so that together, we can help keep opera thriving, one artist at a time.