A native of Newfoundland, mezzo-soprano Michelle Simmons is a graduate of the Master of Music Vocal Performance program at the University of Toronto where she studied with soprano Lorna MacDonald.
Michelle has a strong commitment to performing and creating contemporary classical music. Among other projects, she has shared the stage with Cynthia Hopkins as part of that artist’s multi-disciplinary piece on climate change, This Clement World. She spent the summer of 2013 bringing contemporary Canadian opera to communities in southern Ontario with the Bicycle Opera Project.
Michelle continues to maintain a strong connection to the music and culture of her home province. While completing her graduate studies, Michelle commissioned a song cycle for mezzo-soprano and baritone to the words of Newfoundland-born poet E.J Pratt. The premiere of Many Moods, took place in St. John’s, Newfoundland with support from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.
Michelle currently makes her home in Toronto, Canada, where she is the alto soloist at Bloor Street United Church and the Program Assistant at a non-for-profit community music school located in the downtown core.