Victoria Simmonds

Mezzo Soprano

8:00 PM20:00

Written on Skin - Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Victoria reprises her role as Angel2/Marie in this semi staging of George Benjamin’s multi award winning piece by Ben Davis. With the composer on the podium, and the orchestra it was written for in front of him, these are sure to be two evenings not to be missed.

Saturday 10th November - Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

Monday 12th November - Philharmonia Berlin (available to stream from digital

concert hall

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7:30 PM19:30

Verdi Requiem - Birmingham Conservatoire

Conductor Sir Richard Armstrong
Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Caroline Modiba soprano
Victoria Simmonds mezzo-soprano
David Butt Philip tenor
Barnaby Rae bass

Maya Verlaak Carrier
Verdi Messa di Requiem

Verdi’s monumental work is a fitting tribute for this much loved concert hall. Of operatic proportions, this great piece is full of drama, lyricism and Italian spirit. With the Conservatoire's premiere orchestra and chorus under the baton of one of the UK's leading Verdian conductors, this special final concert and BBC Radio 3 live broadcast promises to deliver a celebration of the magnitude that the Adrian Boult Hall deserves and a compelling nod to the Conservatoire's exciting future.

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7:30 PM19:30

Echo and Narcissus - Ryan Wigglesworth - Wigmore Hall

Ryan Wigglesworth, English National Opera’s Composer in Residence, was inspired to write Echo and Narcissus after reading Ted Hughes’s Tales from Ovid

He eventually settled on his ideal setting, complete with dialogue, narrative and reflection, after performing Janáček’s The Diary of One who Disappeared

Mark Padmore and Victoria Simmonds join Wigglesworth for the work’s London première.

Complete programme: 

  • Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
        • Liederkreis Op. 39
  • Ryan Wigglesworth (b.1979)
        • Echo and Narcissus (London première) [1]
  • Leoš Janáček (1854-1928)
        • The Diary of One who Disappeared
  1. Co-commissioned by Aldeburgh Music, Musik im Reisen, and by Wigmore Hall with the support of André Hoffmann, president of the Fondation Hoffmann, a Swiss grant-making foundation

There will also be a performance of the same programme in the Wattens Musik im Riesen Festival in Austria on Sunday 29th May at 8pm.  click here for details.

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to Mar 19

European Tour Written on Skin - George Benjamin - Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Victoria reprises her role as Angel 2/Marie in George Benjamin's first full-length opera with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Taking in 5 cities over 7 days, the piece will be performed in Dortmund, Cologne, Barcelona, and Madrid before coming to the Barbican Centre in London.

more details will appear as they are known

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7:00 PM19:00

Mignon - Ambroise Thomas - New Sussex Opera

Victoria plays the title role in this rarely seen piece which, in the late 19th century, was one of the most performed operas of it's time.  Other performances: Wednesday 11th November at 7.30pm Lewes Town Hall, Sunday 22nd November at 3pm Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne.

Conductor: Nicholas Jenkins

Director: Harry Fehr

Designer: Eleanor Wdowski

New Sussex Opera Chorus

St Paul's Sinfonia

Sung in English

For Cadogan Hall website click here.

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to Nov 7

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Will Todd - Opera Holland Park at the ROH

Will Todd's wonderful piece for children is brought to the Linbury for it's first performance inside a theatre. Commissioned by Holland Park in 2013, the opera has been a sell-out and critical success for each successive year, as well as the CD reaching No.1 in the Specialist Classical Chart in it's first week of release. Victoria plays the rôles of Alice's Mother and Mad Hatter.

Performances: 5, 6, 7 November at 6pm and 7 November at 2pm.

Conductor: Matthew Waldren

Director: Martin Duncan

Designer: Leslie Travers

To go to the ROH page click here.

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to Aug 1

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Will Todd - Opera Holland Park

After two brilliant years, and more than 20 performances since its premiere in 2013, Victoria is thrilled to be returning to the roles of Alice's Mum and Mad Hatter* in this wonderful children's opera by Will Todd.  Situated in the magical gardens of the Yucca Lawn in Holland Park, Martin Duncan's production with designs by Leslie Travers, transports its audience down the rabbit hole to meet the many characters from Lewis Carroll's iconic work.  2015 is an extra special year to be performing this, as it will be part of the 150th anniversary of the publication of the book.

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* Victoria will be performing on the following dates only: 16th, 18th, 25th, 30th, 31st July and 1st August

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to Jun 19

Flight - Jonathan Dove - Opera Holland Park

Opera Holland Park presents the first professional London production of Jonathan Dove's Flight, first presented at Glyndebourne in 1997. Victoria is playing the part of Minsk Woman, a pregnant passenger who is the wife of a diplomat heading to a new life in Minsk.

Director: Stephen Barlow

Conductor: Brad Cohen

Designer: Andrew Riley

for other cast details, click here

to book, click here

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1:00 PM13:00

Recital & Masterclass

Christchurch University Recital Series

"Songs of Innocence and Experience" with accompanist: Iola Shelley

Songs by Bernstein, Ireland, Bliss, Mozart, Debussy, Bizet, Dring, Sondheim and Maltby & Shire

Followed by a masterclass at 4.00pm with students from the University Music Department

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