Meet WNO

Simon Crosby Buttle


Simon was born in West Yorkshire and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Jeffrey Lawton.  Whilst there he was a recipient of the Anne Ziegler Award and was funded by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

Prior to joining WNO, Simon worked as a freelancer with Opera North and Scottish Opera working as a principal, cover and extra chorus in productions including Madama Butterfly, La Rondine, Eugene OneginCandide, Nabucco and Katya Kabanova.

Simon’s personal highlight at WNO so far was performing in one of his favourite operas, Tristan und Isolde. Since joining WNO Chorus in 2009 he has also performed roles in The Magic FluteLa traviata, The Cunning Little Vixen, Lohengrin, Manon Lescaut, Peter Pan, i Puritani, In Parenthesis, Macbeth, Madam Butterfly, Der Rosenkavalier, Khovanshchina and From the House of the Dead.

In concert, Simon has performed with many choral societies, in works including Puccini’s Messa di GloriaRossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Bruckner’s Te Deum, Lloyd Webber’s Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, Coleridge-Taylor’s Hiawatha's Wedding Feast, Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Goodall’s Eternal Light.

Away from WNO, Simon enjoys working with recording software, crafting and painting models, spending too many hours playing computer games and has a passion for anything Science Fiction or Fantasy.