Simone is an Essex-based theatre-maker and mezzo-soprano passionate about celebrating and sharing unheard, vital and, well, fun stories and music with anyone who might want to take part or take it in.
As a theatre-maker, 2019/20 saw her “wild, witty… and painfully perceptive” (The Stage) and “fierce, fearless and cerebral” (The Guardian) debut play with Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong Shuck ‘n’ Jive come to the Soho Theatre, and the release of her short film for the English National Opera, What Do You Hope For?. Over the last year she also assisted/directed covers for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English National Opera, and Opera North; and directed I Capuleti e i Montecchi for Goodenough College, Il barbiere di Siviglia for Devon Opera, and Hansel & Gretel for the Cramphorn Theatre. She is a published playwright.
As a performer, she trained at the University of York and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Highlights include singing a step out in the ensemble for the Olivier and Sky Arts Award-winning Porgy & Bess at English and Dutch National Operas; Esther in Mamzer Bastard by Na’ama Zisser (in workshop, Royal Opera); Passepartout in Around the World in 80 Days (West Green House Opera); and Grace in Bryony Kimmings/Vahan Salorian’s Single Mums Do Opera (BBC Four). She is an Extra Chorister at the English National Opera, and a member of the Earth Ensemble, stirring hearts and minds to action around the climate crisis. Previously, she sang BVs for artists including Benjamin Clementine and Sam Lee.
Simone is a co-founder of H E R A with Linda Hirst and Toria Banks, celebrating and sharing unheard music and stories by equity-seeking artists right across the UK; and co-founder of a cappella collective VOX. In the past she worked for theatre companies Cheek by Jowl and Paines Plough, specialising in touring administration and accessibility.
Simone has appeared on the radio and TV discussing opera, theatre, diversity and inclusion, and the climate crisis. She is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in the arts, and her work in this field has led her to a Junior Fellowship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and a place as one of BBC Radio 3‘s Next Generation Voices.
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