Marta Fontanals-Simmons performs at launch of the Royal Opera House’s redesigned Linbury Theatre
Marta Fontanals-Simmons this morning performed extracts from brand new opera Monstrous Child as part of celebrations marking the official opening of the highly anticipated revamped Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Monstrous Child, composed by Gavin Higgins and based on Francesca Simon’s darkly humorous book of the same name, will be the first opera production to appear in the new-look Linbury. Fontanals-Simmons plays the role of Hel, ordinary teenager and goddess of the Underworld, who must take drastic action when her kingdom and eternity itself are threatened. Librettist Francesca Simon is best known as the author of the Horrid Henry books; The Monstrous Child (Faber & Faber, 2016) marked her first foray into teen fiction and has been described as ‘a stunning, operatic and epic drama like no other.’ Fontanals-Simmons will begin rehearsals in the new year with opening night on 21 February 2019.
Further highlights in 2018/19 for Fontanals-Simmons include Amando Le Grand Macabre with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Alan Gilbert and a return to Glyndebourne Festival Opera for Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte, while recent highlights include her debut at the Teatro Real, Madrid as Jennie Hildebrand in Weill Street Scenen and the European premiere of Alasdair Nicolson Shadows on the Wall – Five Hauntings at the Barbican.
The Linbury Theatre is the jewel in the crown of the Royal Opera House’s ‘Open Up’ campaign, an ambitious 3-year refurbishment project costing over £50 million and designed to make daytime inclusivity and access a core part of the visitor experience. New and improved visitor spaces include a café and bar, Level 5 restaurant and outdoor terrace with stunning views over Covent Garden piazza. The facilities will be brought to life by a vibrant programme of free and low-cost participatory performances and events for all ages.
Click here to watch Marta's performance from the launch.
Marta Fontanals-Simmons sings Berlioz with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
Marta Fontanals-Simmons returns to the BBC Symphony Orchestra on 6 July 2018 for a concert at Maida Vale Studios, singing the mezzo-soprano solos in Berlioz La Captive. Conducted by Pascal Rophé, this studio concert focuses on French-themed repertoire, with a programme also including works by Dutilleux and Liszt.
Fontanals-Simmons joined the Orchestra earlier this season singing Alasdair Nicholson Shadows on the Wall – Five Hauntings under the baton of Ben Gernon, receiving praise from the Financial Times for her “warm, mezzo lyrical quality” (December 2017).
Fontanals-Simmons has enjoyed a varied close to the 2017/18 season, performing the role of Second Lady in Garsington Opera’s production of Mozart Die Zauberflöte alongside concert engagements at Queen Elizabeth Hall and Cadogan Hall. The opening of the 2018/19 season sees her perform with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and for Rye Arts Festival, in addition to solo recitals at venues around the UK.
Marta Fontanals-Simmons returns to Garsington in new production of Die Zauberflöte
Marta Fontanals-Simmons returns to Garsington Opera on 31 May 2018 for Netia Jones’s new production of Mozart Die Zauberflöte. Singing Second Lady, Fontanals-Simmons joins a cast including Louise Alder as Pamina and Benjamin Hulett as Tamino.
Fontanals-Simmons made an acclaimed debut at Garsington last season singing Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro:
“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, September 2017
This summer’s Die Zauberflöte runs throughout the summer with the final performance on 24 July.
Marta Fontanals-Simmons joins Intermusica for worldwide management
We are delighted to announce that mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons has joined Intermusica for worldwide management.
Highlights this season for British-Catalan mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons include her debut at the Teatro Real, Madrid as Jennie Hildebrand in Weill Street Scene, Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte for Garsington Opera and Alasdair Nicolson Shadows on the Wall – Five Hauntings at the Barbican with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Ben Gernon. Future engagements include a return to Glyndebourne Festival Opera and to the Teatro Real, and her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and for Monte Carlo Opera.
Recent highlights for Fontanals-Simmons include Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro for Garsington Opera which gained the following praise from critics:
“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, September 2017
“Marta Fontanals-Simmons proved a master (mistress) of fresh-voiced enthusiasm and cross-dressing faux-awkwardness.”
Opera Today, June 2017
On the concert platform, recent highlights include Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music with Sakari Oramo at the Last Night of the Proms, Mendelssohn Elijah with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at Birmingham Symphony Hall, Ravel L’Enfant et les Sortilèges with Stéphane Denève and the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, and Mozart Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. A passionate recitalist, Fontanals-Simmons has performed at the Wigmore Hall, St-Martin-in-the-Fields, and St James's Church, Piccadilly.
Watch her perform Schumann Widmung here:
Mary Bevan & Marta Fontanals-Simmons make their Teatro Real, Madrid debuts in Weill's Street Scene
On 13 February, Mary Bevan and Marta Fontanals-Simmons make their Teatro Real debuts in John Fulljames’ production of Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, under the musical direction of Tim Murray.
Bevan sings the role of Rose Maurrant, and Fontanals-Simmons sings Jennie Hildebrand. On 16 February at 20:00 CET, the production will be streamed live online by Mezzo Live HD.
Bevan will next be seen in London singing the title role in the Royal Opera House’s world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new opera Coraline, to be performed at the Barbican Theatre. This season she also appears at the Wigmore Hall, and with the Aurora Orchestra for a performance of Richard Ayres’ In the Alps.
Other highlights this season for Fontanals-Simmons include Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte for Garsington Opera and Alasdair Nicolson Shadows on the Wall – Five Hauntings at the Barbican with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Ben Gernon. Future engagements include a return to Glyndebourne Festival Opera and to the Teatro Real, and her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Monte Carlo Opera.