Simon Goldstone joins Rayfield Allied as Director: Opera

19 January 2016

Rayfield Allied is delighted to announce that Simon Goldstone has joined the company as Director: Opera. Simon is one of the industry’s most well-regarded and experienced opera managers, having previously been Director, Vocal and Opera at Intermusica (from where he brings 20 artists) and before that Vice President in the Vocal Division at IMG Artists. He joins a growing vocal division in developing the agency’s truly international vocal and opera roster.

Ben Rayfield, Managing Director of Rayfield Allied, said: “I am absolutely thrilled that Simon has joined our agency. Having known him both personally and professionally for many years I know what a hugely respected and experienced manager he is. His ability to identify and nurture the most exciting new talent as well as his proven track record in developing the careers of the very finest artists has made him one of the opera world’s most important managers. He, along with the exciting roster of artists that he brings to Rayfield Allied, will add a new dimension to the agency, marking an important new chapter in our growth.”

Simon Goldstone said: “I’m delighted to be joining Rayfield Allied – I feel it is currently the most exciting and energetic agency in the UK with an illustrious history going back over 40 years and a fantastic existing roster of artists. Ben Rayfield’s ethos is very much focused on personal and knowledgeable artist management reflecting my own style perfectly. I am thrilled to be a part of Ben’s team at Rayfield Allied, and to continue to work with so many of my artists.”

The artists joining the Rayfield Allied roster are:

Sopranos: Venera Gimadieva and Soile Isokoski;

Tenors: Eric Cutler, Sam Furness, Norman Reinhardt, Sergey Romanovsky and Boris Rudak;

Baritones: John Chest, Igor Golovatenko, Scott Hendricks, Alexey Lavrov, Brett Polegato, Dan Shelvey, David Stout and George von Bergen;

Basses: Joshua Bloom and David Shipley;

Conductor: Gianluca Marcianò;

Stage Directors: Jack Furness and James Robinson;

Simon Goldstone and all of these artists join Rayfield Allied with immediate effect.

Biographical notes

Simon Goldstone read French and Music at King’s College, London University. After an early career in real estate he made a major career change and spent the next five years in arts administration, initially at the Royal Albert Hall and then at the Southbank Centre. Simon, a fluent French speaker, moved to Paris in 1990 and into the music agency business for Organisation Internationale Artistique, where his clients included Roberto Alagna and José van Dam. Five years later, Simon was invited to join IMG Artists, where he was an Artist Manager in the Vocal Division for fourteen years before joining Intermusica as Director, Vocal and Opera in 2010. When not at the opera Simon enjoys scuba diving and, as a former member of the British Junior Swimming Team, he still swims several miles a week.

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