Victoria Simmonds

Mezzo Soprano

FLIGHT takes off again - scottish opera

Straight after returning home on Jan 1st from Beethoven 9 in Xi'an, China, Victoria headed north to reprise her role of Minskwoman in Stephen Barlow's production of Flight by Jonathan Dove. Originally staged in Opera Holland Park in 2015, the production was revived and reimagined for it's new spaces in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The production gained great 4 and 5 star reviews across the board, and in spite of the terrible snowstorms from the "Beast from the East", and the cancellation of one show, the final show went ahead with Piano accompaniment only, the audience appreciating the sterling efforts of pianist Jonathan Swinnard with a standing ovation at the end. 

Silver Birch - Garsington Opera - international opera awards nomination

To complete her summer season 2017, Victoria returned to Garsington for a brand new commissioned piece by Roxanna Panufnik, with Libretto by Jessica Duchen.  Victoria is pleased the project  has been nominated in the International Opera Awards 2018.

Don Giovanni - Opera Holland Park

Victoria made another role debut last summer with Opera Holland Park, this time as Donna Elvira in a new production by Olly Platt and Neil Irish, with Dane Lan conducting. 

Written on Skin - Royal Opera House & Bolshoi

A busy 2017 opened with the return of George Benjamin's wonderful opera to the ROH in January, with Victoria reprising the roles of Marie/Angel 2.  The show played the Bolshoi in Moscow in April for two shows only.

La Cenerentola  - Opera Holland Park and beyond

In July 2016 Victoria made her role debut as Angelina in a new production for Opera Holland Park.  She also performed the role the following autumn in the revival for Danish National Opera, which was nominated for Opera of the Year by the Reumert Prize.  Whilst at Opera Holland Park she also reprised her roles of Alice's Mum/Mad Hatter in Will Todd's charming children's opera, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The new CD of Alice reached No.1 in the Specialist Classical Chart in it's first week of release.  

WRITTEN ON SKIN - LINCOLN CENTRE & EUROPEAN TOUR

George Benjamin's opera and Victoria made their debuts in New York in August 2015 to critical acclaim. In March 2016 the Mahler Chamber Orchestra took the piece on a European Tour, culminating in a concert at the Barbican.

Written on Skin DVD wins Gramophone Award

As well as having won a SkyArts award and numerous others around the world, George Benjamin's "Written on Skin" has scooped a Gramophone award in the Contemporary category for the Opus Arte DVD on which Victoria appears.

Verdi Requiem in Birmingham

Victoria returned to the Midlands, where she grew up, in June to perform this wonderful piece in the closing concert at Adrian Boult Hall at Birmingham Conservatoire, conducted by Sir Richard Armstrong, and broadcast on BBC radio.