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Marta Fontanals-Simmons

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

British-Spanish mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season as Hel (The Monstrous Child) in the Linbury Theatre and also sings Siébel (Faust) for the Company.

Fontanals-Simmons read Music at the University of Birmingham and studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where her awards included the 2014 Principal’s Prize and 2015 Gold Medal. She was a Jerwood Young Artist and member of Glyndebourne Festival Chorus in the 2015/16 season. Her opera appearances include Jennie Hildebrand (Street Scene) for Teatro Real, Madrid, Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) for the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Garsington Opera, Lapák (The Cunning Little Vixen) for Glyndebourne Festival, Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) for Glyndebourne on Tour, Woodpecker (The Cunning Little Vixen) and Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte) for Garsington and Angelina (La Cenerentola) for Diva Opera. In 2016 she sang Ursula in the Royal Opera House/Glyndebourne co-production Nothing, by David Bruce.

Fontanals-Simmons has sung in concert with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Handel Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Festival Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia and Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra among others, and appeared in Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music at the Last Night of the BBC Proms. Her concert repertory includes works by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Wagner, Mahler, Vaughan Williams and Stravinsky, and she appears widely in recital. She has given the world premieres of two song cycles: Damsel, Witch, Wife by Lewis Murphy and Letters from Home by Benjamin Ellin, and given the European premiere of Alasdair Nicolson’s Shadows on the Wall – Five Hauntings. Awards include the Prix de Lied at the Councours International du chant-piano Nadia et Lili Boulanger.

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