Marissa Simmons is noted for her “deep, evenly produced mezzo and theatrical magnetism” (South Florida Classical Review) as well as her “rawly sensual, wry, whiskey-toned voice” (San Francisco Classical Voice).
Ms. Simmons has performed a variety of roles, including Margaret (Wozzeck) with Des Moines Metro Opera, Mother/Zofia Cisowski (I Will Fly Like A Bird) with Thompson Street Opera Company, Carmen (La tragédie de Carmen) at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Tisbe (La Cenerentola) at Music Academy of the West, Nerone & Ottone (L’incoronazione di Poppea) with Opera Theater Unlimited and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music respectively, Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) with Chicago Summer Opera and Candid Concert Opera, Maria Callas (Jackie O) with Frost Opera Theater, and Roane Heckle (Great Scott) in the full workshop world premier with Jake Heggie at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Originally from Chicago, Ms. Simmons earned her Master of Music studying under Catherine Cook at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She received her Bachelor of Music with a double major in Classical Voice Performance and Music Theory/Composition from the University of Miami Frost School of Music, studying under Dr. Esther Jane Hardenbergh and Dr. Lansing McLoskey.
Ms. Simmons’ talents include her work as an emerging composer. She conducted the world premiere of her orchestral composition, Moon Chime, in Austria at age 15. As an active performer and composer, Simmons is enthusiastically involved in many new works.
Ms. Simmons is thrilled to join Virginia Opera’s ‘20-‘21 Herndon Emerging Artists roster, singing the roles of Pinocchio (Pinocchio), La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi), and Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro).