2018–19 Season: Second Wood Nymph, Rusalka
Mezzo-soprano Simone McIntosh, a first-year San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow and 2018 Merola Opera Program participant, makes her San Francisco Opera and role debuts as Second Wood Nymph in Rusalka. She has been named winner of competitions including the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Competition 2016, McGill Wirth Vocal Prize 2016, Ottawa Choral Society New Discoveries Competition 2017, and she was dubbed one of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s “30 Hottest Classical Musicians Under 30” in 2017. Her credits include Tamiri in Il Re Pastore (Merola Opera Program); the Page in Rigoletto (Canadian Opera Company); Ruggiero in Alcina, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Judith in Bluebeard's Castle, Meg in Little Women and Waitress in Speed Dating Tonight! (Opera McGill); Donna in Crush (world premiere at The Banff Centre); Béatrice in Béatrice et Bénédict (MYopera); the Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen and Giulietta in The Tales of Hoffmann (University of British Columbia Opera); Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro (Burnaby Lyric Opera); and Cis in Albert Herring (Vancouver Opera). This season, as an Ensemble Studio member at the Canadian Opera Company, she appeared as the Confidante in Elektra and Tisbe in WOW Factor: A Cinderella Story (Opera for Young Audiences). She also performed the title role of La Cenerentola at Vancouver Opera.