2017 Performer Profiles: Marta Fontanals-Simmons

No.5 – Marta Fontanals-Simmons

Associate Artistic Director Jamie Campbell introduces some of the outstanding performers taking part in the 2017 Southwell Music Festival.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming Mezzo-Soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons to Southwell Music Festival for the first time.

1) Who are you, where are you based, and what work do you do

I am a mezzo soprano, from Somerset originally with English and Spanish roots (hence the long name!). I went to the University of Birmingham to study Music and then the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for postgraduate vocal training and opera training. I now live with my fiancé in St Leonards-on-Sea. This summer I have performed the completely contrasting roles of Cherubino with Garsington Opera and Cenerentola with Diva Opera, touring the UK and France.

2) What music are you most looking forward to performing in Southwell this year?

I have worked with Marcus and Alison many times and had the pleasure of performing Handel Messiah at Southwell in December. It is a magical place and I am delighted to be part of the Festival this year and experience the town in the summer. I am really looking forward to performing Zwei Gesänge by Brahms. I can’t wait to work with Libby Burgess and Lena Eckels on these stunning songs.

3) What other things have you got coming up that are interesting in the next few months?

After Southwell, I will be taking part in the Wigmore Song Competition with Lana Bode, then during the Autumn I will be giving recitals in London, Paris and around the UK and in January I head to Teatro Real Madrid for six weeks to perform Jennie Hildebrand in Street Scene by Kurt Weill.”