Simone Ibbett-Brown


Simone is a mezzo-soprano and music theatre maker, excited about work that brings joy, and reflects and affects the world we live in. She’s honoured to be a BBC Radio 3 Next Generation Voice 2019, a Women of the Future Award-winner 2020, and a Longborough Festival Opera Emerging Artist 2022.

Recent performance highlights include Grace/Opera Mums (BBC Four); Mami Wata (Royal Opera House, Pegasus Opera); Jo/Dead Equal (Summerhall); Passepartout/Around the World in 80 Days (West Green House Opera); workshop Esther/Mamzer Bastard (Royal Opera House); and small roles/covers in Porgy and Bess (English National Opera, Dutch National Opera, Theater an der Wien). This year, she looks forward to performances including: Amneris/Aida (Opera Festival Scotland), The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Bishopsgate Institute), Earth Song Cycle (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment), and Four AfroCuban Songs (Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra); as well as CDs with Métier and Lontano.

Simone is also an opera-maker and published playwright, and co-founded Hera, celebrating and sharing music and stories by equity-seeking artists. She trained at the University of York and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, recently completing a fellowship on artistactivism. |

Longborough debut: Bradamante, Melissa/Spell Book & La liberazione di Ruggiero (2022)