San Francisco Opera Highlights: Second Wood Nymph in Rusalka; The Adlers: Live at the Drive-In
Hailing from Vancouver, B.C., Simone McIntosh is a mezzo-soprano with “sheer vocal agility and lovely rich sound” (Vancouver Sun). Currently a San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow, she also graduated from the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio. McIntosh has received several distinguished awards and acknowledgements such as winning the Wirth Vocal Prize 2016, COC Ensemble Studio Competition 2016, Ottawa Choral Society New Discoveries Competition 2018, and inclusion in the CBC’s “30 Hottest Classical Musicians Under 30 2016.”
In operatic repertoire, McIntosh performs pants roles such as Cherubino (Burnaby Lyric Opera; SFO cover), Ruggiero (Opera McGill), Stephano (SFO cover), and Hansel (SFO cover). Her other roles include Cenerentola (Vancouver Opera), Dorabella (COC cover), Tamiri (Merola Opera Program), Béatrice (MY Opera), and Little Women’s Meg (Opera McGill).
An avid lover of art song and recital work, McIntosh is always looking for new challenges in the repertoire and is dedicated to exposing audiences to music and experiences they may not have heard before. Notable recital pieces in her repertoire include Messaien’s rarely performed Harawi, his Quechuan-inspired fifty-minute song cycle, and American composer John Harbison’s hour-long song cycle, Motetti di Montale, a stunning rendering of Eugenio Montale’s bleak and dreary poetry. Her other art song repertoire includes Berg’s Op. 2 & Sieben frühe lieder, Schoenberg’s Op. 2, Strauss’ Op. 27 and Poulenc’s Banalites.
In addition to San Francisco Opera and Canadian Opera Company’s young artist programs, McIntosh has had fellowships with the Merola Opera Program, Songfest, Toronto Summer Music Festival, and The Banff Centre of the Arts. McIntosh graduated from McGill Schulich School of Music with an MMus and graduated with a BMus from the University of British Columbia.