Inês Simões is a versatile lyric soprano whose repertoire encompasses works from the baroque era to nowadays. Recent engagements include Handel’s Messiah, the premier of Play – a new opera by the composer Jamie Man – conducted by Hannu Lintu, the roles of Xivi and Onça Celeste in the “European Premier of Ripper’s opera Onheama”, a co-production of the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos and the Terras Sem Sombra Festival.
Inês Simões is a Master of Arts – Advanced Vocal Studies by the Wales International Academy of Voice, where she studied with Dennis O’Neill. She also holds a Master Degree in Music – Singing by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she won the “Tracey Chadwell Memorial Prize”. She took part in Opera Works at the English National Opera. She also holds a Bachelor Degree in Music by the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra.
Inês has participated in numerous masterclasses with renowned singers, pianists and conductors such as Kiri Te Kanawa, Richard Bonynge and Graham Johnson. She won the 3rd Prize of the “Prémio Jovens Músicos 2010” and the 2nd Prize of the “Prémio José Alegria 2008”.
She has toured Portugal and England and performed with ENOA (European Network of Opera Academies) the following roles: Giulia (La Scala di Seta, Rossini), Rita (Rita, Donizetti), Clarice (Il Mondo della Luna, Haydn), Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart), Susanna (Il segreto di Susanna, Wolf-Ferrari), Bastienne (Bastien und Bastienne, Mozart), among others.
Inês Simões sings regularly in recitals and is a great enthusiast of contemporary music, with highlights for a concert with new works composed for her voice, under the baton of Magnus Lindberg at the Gulbenkian Foundation. She has sung at “Oxford Lieder Festival”, “Song in the City – Concert Series”, and at halls such as Barbican Hall, Barbican Pit, Arcola Theatre, Tête-à-tête Festival, Sadler’s Wells, London Coliseum, British Museum and Millennium Centre. She also performed at BBC Radio 3’s In Tune Programme and Antena 2.
In oratorio, she made her Gulbenkian Foundation début in the role of Solomon’s Queen in Handel’s Solomon, singing opposite Iestyn Davies under the baton of Paul McCreesh. She has also been a soloist in works by Marcos de Portugal, Rossini, Schubert, Rutter and Orff.
Inês has recorded for the Sonus Music Label the CD Alma Ibérica – a release of Portuguese and Spanish songs from the 20th century with the pianist Daniel Godinho. This project was kindly supported by the Foundation “Gestão dos Direitos dos Artistas”.
Next engagements include a production of “Café Carnage” for Opera Lab Europe, in the festival “Música na Fábrica” in July 2017, and a residency and performances for Miso Music, with a repertoire for solo voice, including premieres of commissions for her voice.