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 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, Il barbiere di Siviglia for Devon Opera and Hansel & Gretel for the Cramphorn Theatre; and assisting on Il barbiere di Siviglia for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Luisa Miller for English National Opera, and Opera Squad for ENO Baylis. She is a published playwright.
As a performer, she trained as a scholar at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Recent and upcoming highlights include singing a step out in the ensemble for the Olivier and Sky Arts Award-winning Porgy & Bess at English and Dutch National Opera; Esther in Mamzer Bastard by Na’ama Zisser (in workshop, Royal Opera); Passepartout in Around the World in 80 Days (and 18 Arias) for West Green House Opera; and Grace in Bryony Kimmings and Vahan Salorian’s To Mother, Alone (Single Mums Do Opera for BBC Four). She is an Extra Chorister with the English National Opera, and member of the Earth Ensemble.
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 one of BBC Radio 3’s Next Generation Voices.
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