Victoria Simmonds

Mezzo Soprano

Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Recorded in November with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Richard Farnes, listen to Victoria singing a beautiful aria from Moses in Egypt at 1:53 here and Una Voce Poco Fa at 57 mins here (available till mid March 2019).

Written on skin beijing premiere

This phenomenal work received it’s Asian Premiere at the Beijing Festival in October 2018, shortly followed by a second performance in Shanghai.

David Matthews world premiere - white flame

In October 2018 the Purcell Room was the location for the world premiere performance of this song cycle with piano quintet, commissioned by the Nash Ensemble to commemorate the centenary of Muriel Spark.

Five star falstaff at Garsington - 2018

Victoria spent a wonderful summer back at Garsington revisiting the comic role of Meg Page in Bruno Ravella’s new 5 star production of Falstaff, starring Henry Waddington and conducted by Richard Farnes. For production pics click here.

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.