Biography

Simone is an Essex-based theatre-maker and mezzo-soprano passionate about celebrating and sharing unheard, vital and, well, fun stories with anyone who might want to take part or listen.

As a theatre-maker, 2019/20 sees her debut play with Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong Shuck ‘n’ Jive come to the Soho Theatre; directing I Capuleti e i Montecchi for Goodenough College, and Il barbiere di Siviglia for Devon Opera; and assisting on Il barbiere di Siviglia for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Luisa Miller for English National Opera, and Opera Squad for ENO Baylis. Past directing credits include Albert Herring (Ark Theatre, Borehamwood); Dido and Aeneas (Leicester MusicFest); Don Giovanni (Grand Opera House, York); Evolve: A New Musical (Drama Barn, York); Little Women: The Musical (Drama Barn, York); On the Night: A New Musical (Bridewell Theatre, London); The Next Jessye Norman (Tristan Bates Theatre, London).

As a performer, she is currently on the Guildhall Artist Masters programme studying with Marcus van den Akker, made possible by kind support from the Guildhall School Trust, Opera Awards Foundation and Help Musicians UK. She is looking forward to performing the role of Romeo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Second Salon Arts, and Passepartout in Around the World in 80 Days for West Green House Opera. Recent highlights as a performer include singing a step out in the ensemble for the Olivier and Sky Arts Award-winning Porgy and Bess at English National Opera and Dutch National Opera; Esther in Mamzer Bastard by Na’ama Zisser (in workshop, Royal Opera), conducted by Jessica Cottis; Jo in Palmer & Hall’s Dead Equal (Army @ The Fringe/Summerhall), directed by Miranda Cromwell; Carmen in Gafa Arts’ R’Otello (Opera in the City); Backing Vocals for Mercury Award-winner Benjamin Clementine (Wandering Tour 2017, album I Tell A Fly); chorus in War Requiem (English National Opera), Gabriel (Barbican Centre), and Candide (The Grange Festival). She is an Extra Chorister with the English National Opera.

Simone has recently formed 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-directs contemporary 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 discussing opera, diversity and inclusion, and the climate crisis. She is one of BBC Radio 3’s Next Generation Voices.

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