Italian mezzo-soprano Veronica Simeoni makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season as Preziosilla (La forza del destino).
Simeoni was born in Rome and initially studied classics, later taking a degree in operatic singing at the Conservatory in Adria. She continued her studies with Raina Kabaivanska at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena and at the Istituto Vecchi-Tonelli in Modena and the State University of Sofia. She sings regularly for La Fenice, Venice, where her roles include Adalgisa (Norma), Léonor (La Favorite), Azucena (Il trovatore), Sélika (L’Africaine) and Carmen; and for Zürich Opera where her appearances include Isoletta (La straniera), Sara (Roberto Devereux), Giovanna Seymour (Anna Bolena), Eboli (Don Carlo) and Amneris (Aida). Other notable opera appearances include Charlotte (Werther) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Teatro di São Carlos in Lisbon and Rome Opera, Marguerite (La Damnation de Faust) for Rome Opera, Adalgisa for Savonlinna Opera Festival, Teatro Real, Madrid, and in Cagliari, Sara for Deutsche Oper Berlin and Teatro Real, Preziosilla for Dutch National Opera, Agave (The Bassarids) for Rome Opera, Hedwige (Guillaume Tell) for the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro and Carmen for Arena di Verona, and in Florence, Salerno and for Teatro Regio, Turin.
Simeoni’s concert repertory includes Verdi’s Requiem (including performances in Florence under Gatti and in Bologna under Mariotti), Messa per Rossini at La Scala, Milan, under Chailly, and recitals including French songs by Berlioz, Debussy and Fauré, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and Mahler’s Das Knaben Wunderhorn.