“the superb Victoria Simmonds”
Richard Morrison, The Times
Victoria is thrilled to have been asked to play the part of "Boy" in a new commission for ENO at the Young Vic - "The Way Back Home". Created by director Katie Mitchell and designer Vicki Mortimer, with a score by Joanna Lee and libretto by Rory Mullarky, this charming opera, based on the popular children's book by Oliver Jeffers, will be delighting families in the run up to Christmas.
In September Victoria will be flying to Singapore to perform Berio Folk Songs and 3 songs by Kurt Weill in two concerts with the London Sinfonietta, conducted by Sian Edwards and accompanied by John Constable. Later in the month she returns to the Barbican Hall to sing in the Verdi Requiem for the opening concert of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama's Autumn Season. The Guilhall Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will be conducted by Mark Shanahan. Other forthcoming concerts include Dream of Gerontius in Berlin, and a duo recital of Handel Arias and Duets with Sarah Tynan in Kelso, both in October.
Recently Victoria took part in three critically acclaimed productions. In April she took part in a new commission for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, "Through His Teeth" by Luke Bedford - conducted by Sian Edwards and directed by Bijan Sheibani. Next she played the chain-smoking Fox in Garsington's Cunning Little Vixen, directed by Danny Slater, designed by Robert Innes Hopkins, and conducted by Garry Walker. Then in July and August she appeared in Will Todd's charming family opera for Opera Holland Park, Alice in Wonderland, playing Alice's Mother/Mad Hatter - directed by Martin Duncan with designs by Leslie Travers, and conducted by Matthew Waldren.
See Diary for more details, links to relevant websites and all upcoming dates.
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“Victoria Simmonds is a voluptuously feisty Rosina”
Tim Ashley – The Guardian