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Marta Fontanals-Simmons

Mezzo-soprano

  • Praised for her “warm mezzo” (The Telegraph) and “velvet-voice” (Daily Telegraph), British-Spanish mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons recently made critically acclaimed house and role debuts at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Siébel in David McVicar's production of Faust and as Hel in the world premiere of Gavin Higgins The Monstrous Child at the Linbury Theatre. 

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  • Upcoming highlights in the 2019/20 season include her house and role debut at English National Opera as Eurydice Woman in Daniel Kramer’s new production of Birtwisle’s The Mask of Orpheus, her house debut as Jennie Hildebrand in Weill Street Scene for Opéra de Monte-Carlo, and her return to the Teatro Real, Madrid for Vlasta in The Passenger. In concert she will perform Elgar Sea Pictures with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Stravinsky Pulcinella with the CBSO, appear at the Three Choirs Festival, and return to the BBC Proms.


    Recent operatic highlights for Fontanals-Simmons include Amando Le Grand Macabre with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Alan Gilbert, Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Jennie Hildebrand Street Scene at the Teatro Real, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro for Garsington Opera and at the Théâtre Champs Elysées, the title role La Cenerentola for Diva Opera, and Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for the Glyndebourne Tour and for Grange Park Opera.


    On the concert platform, recent highlights include the European premiere of Alasdair Nicolson Shadows on the Wall (Five Hauntings) at the Barbican, Berlioz La Captive with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Verdi Requiem with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music with Sakari Oramo at the Last Night of the Proms, Mendelssohn Elijah with CBSO at Birmingham Symphony Hall, L’Enfant et les Sortilèges with Stéphane Denève and the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Mozart Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bach Mass in B Minor with Ryan Wigglesworth at the St Endellion Festival, Handel Messiah with Lawrence Cummings at the London Handel Festival, Stravinsky Les Noces at Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Haydn Harmoniemesse with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In recital, she has performed with artists including Roger Vignoles, Simon Lepper and Iain Burnside.


    A keen exponent of contemporary music, Fontanals-Simmons premiered the role of Ursula in the Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne co-production of David Bruce Nothing, recorded two new songs cycles (Damsel/Wife/Witch by Glyndebourne composer-in-residence Lewis Murphy and Letters from Home by award-winning composer Benjamin Ellin), and performed Jonathan Harvey Songs of Li Po with Richard Baker at the Barbican which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Fontanals-Simmons trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she was awarded the Gold Medal, and was a Jerwood Artist at Glyndebourne for the 2015/16 season.

    2019/20 season / 443 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Opera repertoire

Bellini
Romeo I Capuleti e I Montecchi *


Bizet
Carmen/Mercedes Carmen


Britten
Nancy Albert Herring *
Hippolyta A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Lady Essex Gloriana *
Kate Owen Wingrave
Lucretia The Rape of Lucretia


Donizetti
Paggio Francesca di Foix


Jonathan Dove
Pinocchio The Adventures of Pinocchio


Brian Irvine
Ellie The Calling of Maisy Day


Humperdinck
Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel


Janáček
Woodpecker/Fox The Cunning Little Vixen


Massenet
Charlotte Werther *


Monteverdi
Nerone L’incoronazione di Poppea *


Mozart
Dorabella Così fan tutte *
2nd Lady Die Zauberflöte
Sesto La clemenza di Tito *
Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro


Offenbach
Public Opinion Orpheus in the Underworld


Oliver
Proserpina Euridice


Puccini
Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly


Purcell
Dido Dido & Aeneas


Ravel
Cat/Squirrel L'enfant et les sortilèges


Steffani
Ruggiero Orlando Generoso


Ullmann
Drummer-Girl Kaiser Von Atlantis


Weill
Jennie Hildebrand Street Scene *


*in preparation

Concert repertoire

Bach
Mass in B Minor
St John Passion
St Matthew Passion


Berg
Sieben frühe Lieder


Berlioz
Les nuits d’été


Britten
A Charm of Lullabies


Copland
12 Poems of Emily Dickinson


Debussy
Cinq Poèmes de Baudelaire
Trois Chansons de Bilitis


De Falla
Siete canciones populares Españolas


Duruflé
Requiem


Elgar
Sea Pictures
The Music Makers


Granados
Canciones Amatorias


Handel
Messiah


Haydn
Harmoniemesse
Nelson Mass


Lotti
Missa Sapientiae


Mahler
Kindertotenlieder
Rückert-Lieder


Mendelssohn
Elijah


Mozart
Coronation Mass
Mass in C Minor
Requiem
Vesperae solennes de confessore


Alasdair Nicolson
Shadows on the Wall


Obradors
Canciones Clásicas Españolas


Poulenc
Métapmorphoses


Rossini
Petite messe solennelle


Schumann
Frauenliebe und -Leben


Vivaldi
Gloria
Magnificat


*in preparation

The laurels must go to… Marta Fontanals-Simmons as Cherubino, possessed of a voice with highly individual character matched by natural dramatic instincts which, quite simply, made you forget she was acting.

Opera Now

Marta Fontanals-Simmons, a mezzo of tremendous promise, was superb as Ursula, forced into some horrific bargaining as the nominations get personal and she descends into madness. This young singer possesses a lovely, even tone allied to great stage presence.

Bachtrack

Marta Fontanals-Simmons's Pinocchio has real star quality: she may be playing a puppet but there's nothing wooden about this young mezzo-soprano's fabulous performance.

The Times

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Administrator, Vocal & Opera
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Clarinet

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Chansonnier

HK Gruber

Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles