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Simone Ibbett-Brown

Singing Adjudicator


Simone is a mezzo-soprano, music theatre-maker and joint artistic director of Hera, passionate about work that brings joy, and respects, reflects and affects the world we live in.

She has been commissioned to make music and stories for the English National Opera, Immersive|LDN, Royal Opera House, Soho Theatre, West Green House Opera and many more. Recent highlights as a performer include Grace in Bryony Kimmings’ To Mother, Alone for BBC4; Jo in Summerhall award-winner Dead Equal; Annie (cover) in Theater an der Wien’s Porgy and Bess; and Esther (workshop) in Mamzer for the Royal Opera House. She is a BBC Radio 3 Next Generation Voice, Pegasus Opera artist, Black British Classical Foundation associate artist, sometime English National Opera chorister, and Women of the Future awards 2020 finalist. She is also a published playwright.

Hera celebrates and shares unheard music and stories by equity-seeking artists right across the UK. Recent work includes new musical starring Maria Friedman, The Trojan Women; interactive electronic opera starring Victoria Oruwari, We Ask These Questions of Everybody; and workshops on the amazing hidden women of opera from 1600 to the present day.

She trained at the University of York, on the Creative Access internship scheme, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she is now a Junior Fellow focusing on artist-activism.

She is thrilled to be returning to the Leicester MusicFest family this year.

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