Veronica Simeoni

Veronica Simeoni

Veronica Simeoni has studied with Raina Kabaivanska

Veronica Simeoni

Veronica Simeoni was born in Rome. After attending classical high school, she obtained a diploma in voice from Adria Conservatory and then continued her musical training under Raina Kabaivanska at Accademia Chigiana, Siena, Istituto Musicale “Vecchi – Tonelli”, Modena and the State University in Sofia.

After her debut in Il Trovatore and Oberto Conte di San Bonifacio at Teatro Lirico Sperimentale, Spoleto, she immediately sang Charlotte in Werther by Massenet at Teatro Vittorio Emanuele in Messina, Rossini’s Stabat Mater at La Scala, Milan, under Riccardo Chailly and Jocasta in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex in Trieste, in a production by Giorgio Pressburger. A highly versatile artist, she has made many successful debuts and has worked with directors and conductors in opera theatres worldwide.

She has sung Verdi’s Requiem in St Petersburg conducted by Yuri Temirkanov, then in Valencia, in Florence conducted by Daniele Gatti and in Bologna conducted by Michele Mariotti; she recently also sang in a staged version of the same work at the Opernhaus in Zurich, conducted by Fabio Luisi. She has also sung a large number of debut roles in the same theatre: in Roberto Devereux, La Straniera, Don Carlos, Anna Bolena and Aida..

She has achieved great success in the French repertoire, always her special favourite, starting with Don Sébastien, roi du Portugal, by Donizetti at the Nuremberg Theatre, followed by Didon in Les Troyens in Valencia conducted by Valery Gergiev and directed by La Fura dels Baus, and concluding with Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Teatro alla Scala in a production by Robert Carsen. These roles were followed by Carmen in Mexico City, the Sferisterio in Macerata, Venice, Bologna and Turin, La Favorite and L’Africaine (a rare opera by Meyerbeer which opened the season), both in Venice, and Guillaume Tell at the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro conducted by Michele Mariotti and directed by G. Vick, where she also sang the Petite messe solennelle. However, it was as Charlotte, a role she previously reprised in Lisbon, in a production by G. Vick, and then in Rome, that she recently made her debut at the Metropolitan in New York alongside Vittorio Grigolo.

Her major, extremely demanding, Donizetti roles include Maria Stuarda in Modena, Piacenza and Bilbao and Roberto Devereux in Madrid, Berlin and Munich, alongside Edita Gruberova; she has also sung Adalgisa in Norma in Sassari, Turin, Cagliari, Venice, Madrid and Savonlinna.

She has also received great critical acclaim for her temperament and interpretation in the Verdi roles of Nabucco at La Scala and Il Trovatore at the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff, in Venice and in Bordeaux.

We should also not forget the 9th Symphony by Beethoven, sung in Oviedo and Rome under the baton of Lorin Maazel, or that some of her career has been dedicated to modern music: as well as Maderna’s Requiem in Venice, she also opened the Rome opera season in the role of Agave in The Bassarids.

Forthcoming engagements include Carmen in Venice, Werther in Palermo, Messa per Rossini at La Scala in Milan conducted by Riccardo Chailly, La damnation de Faust conducted by Daniele Gatti and directed by Damiano Michieletto to open the next Rome opera season, Carmen in Florence and La forza del Destino in Amsterdam conducted by Michele Mariotti and directed by Ch. Loy.

She has considerable interest in vocal chamber music: as well as songs by Berlioz, Debussy and Fauré, her repertoire also includes masterpieces such as Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder, Mahler’s Wunderhorn-Lieder and Six Poems of Marina Tsavetaeva by Shostakovich.