Soprano, Symone Harcum, is the 2018 first place winner of the NSAL-DC Dorothy Lincoln-Smith Voice Competition and the Sylvia Green Voice Competition.
Her latest roles include Bea in Opera Maine’s production of Three Decembers and the role of Krystyna Zywulska in Out of Darkness: Two Remain under the direction of the composer, Jake Heggie, and librettist, Gene Scheer. Other roles include Gertrude (the mother) in Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel and La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi.
After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Norfolk State University in 2012, she was a choral director in Norfolk Public Schools until 2016. Symone recently received her Master’s of Music from Peabody Conservatory at John’s Hopkins University and studies in the studio of Denyce Graves and Margaret Baroody.
In the summer of 2019 she joins the Des Moines Summer Festival as an apprentice artist. As a member of Virginia Opera’s 2019-2020 Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program, Symone sings Clorinda in La Cenerentola, covers the title role and sings The High Priestess in Aida, and performs in the Fall Education and Outreach Tour.