Simone is an Essex-based theatre-maker and mezzo-soprano passionate about celebrating and sharing work that respects, reflects and affects the world we live in, with anyone who might want to take part or take it in.
As theatre-maker, 2019/20 saw the release of her short film for the English National Opera, What Do You Hope For?, exploring what it means to protest for the colour of your skin; and the premiere of her “wild, witty… and painfully perceptive” (The Stage) and “fierce, fearless and cerebral” (The Guardian) debut play with Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong Shuck ‘n’ Jive at the Soho Theatre. Next, she looks forward to writing the libretto for HAM the Illustrator, Visualise and the Royal Opera House’s immersive trap-opera experience mobilising us against the climate crisis, Munkination; working as the associate director on a new flagship multicultural, cross-genre production for Opera North; directing works for The Cramphorn Studio and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama; and developing new shows with Gweneth Ann Rand and Allyson Devenish, and Daisy Brown. She is a published playwright.
As a performer, she next looks forward to covering Annie for Theater an der Wien‘s Porgy & Bess, and premiering roles in two operas at Tête à Tête. Other 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’ Opera Mums (BBC Four). She is an Extra Chorister at the English National Opera, a Pegasus Opera mentee, and a member of the Earth Ensemble, stirring hearts and minds to action around the climate crisis. Previously, she sang BVs for artists including Mercury Award-winner Benjamin Clementine and BBC Folk Award-winner 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 women and gender-minoritised folk 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 The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and a place as one of BBC Radio 3‘s Next Generation Voices.
She trained at the University of York and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where her studies were kindly supported by The Guildhall School Trust, Help Musicians UK, and the Opera Awards Foundation.
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