British mezzo-soprano Victoria Simmonds made her Royal Opera debut in 2012 in the world premiere of Sevastopol. She has since returned to sing Angel 2/Marie (Written on Skin), a role she created, and in the world premiere of Through His Teeth. Further performances at the Royal Opera House include Mum/Mad Hatter (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) for Opera Holland Park. In the 2016/17 Season she reprises the role of Angel 2/Marie for The Royal Opera.
Simmonds studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She was a company principal with English National Opera 2000–05, singing roles including Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro), Rosina (The Barber of Seville), Nancy T’ang (Nixon in China), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Zaida (The Turk in Italy), Pitti-Sing (The Mikado), Ascanius (The Trojans), Dorabella (Così fan tutte) and Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Engagements elsewhere include Wellgunde (Das Rheingold) with the Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle for Aix-en-Provence Festival, Charlotte (Werther) for Les Azuriales Opera Festival, Minsk Woman (Flight) and Angelina (La Cenerentola) for Opera Holland Park, Angelina for Danish National Opera, Carmen in the Royal Albert Hall, Idamante (Idomeneo) for Buxton Festival, Dorabella for Opera North and Zaida and Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen) for Garsington Opera.
Simmonds works widely in contemporary opera, with role creations including the title role in The Adventures of Pinocchio and Boy (The Way Back Home).
Allan Clayton as Angel 3, Barbara Hannigan as Agnès, Peter Hobday as Angel Archivist and Victoria Simmonds as Angel 2 in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera
Laura Harling as Angel Archivist, Barbara Hannigan as Agnès, Allan Clayton as John, Victoria Simmonds as Marie and Bejun Mehta as the Boy in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera
Victoria Simmonds, Christopher Purves, Mark Padmore in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera
Allan Clayton as John, Victoria Simmonds as Marie, Bejun Mehta as the Boy and Christopher Purves as the Protector in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera