Simona
Genga

Mezzo-Soprano
Simona Genga
(She/They) Named one of the CBC's "30 hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30” Mezzo Soprano Simona Genga, is an "exceptional and rare voice" known for "her vocal plushness, amplitude and range which are mature beyond her years" (Ludwig Van/ Opera Canada). Simona is a recent graduate of the Canadian Opera Company's Studio Ensemble program after winning First Prize and Audience Choice Award at the COC Centre Stage Competition.
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Highlands Opera Studio
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Dean Artists Management, Toronto, ON, Canada
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Simona Genga

Named one of the CBC's "30 hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30” Mezzo Soprano Simona Genga, is known for her "vocal plushness, amplitude and range which are mature beyond her years" (Opera Canada). During the 20/21 season Mx.Genga debut the title role of Bizet's Carmen with Saskatoon Opera, Ms. Palladino in Ian Cusson's World Premiere of Fantasma at the COC, the Alto Soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Peterborough Singers, and Alto Soloist in Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Brott Symphony. 

Graduate of the Canadian Opera Company's prestigious Ensemble Studio after winning both First Prize and Audience Choice Award at their Centre Stage Competition in 2017, Simona sang roles including Berta (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Gertrude (Hansel and Gretel), Second Maid (Elektra), and Cindy (WOW Factor) in their 18/19 and 19/20 seasons.  

In recent seasons, Simona has been featured as the Second Maid in COC’s production of Elektra, premiered the role of Cindy in the COC’s Wow Factor: A Cinderella Story and returned as a Gerdine Young Artist, to sing both Annina in Patricia Racette’s directing debut of La Traviata and cover the role of Mother Chen in the premiere of Huang Ro’s powerful work An American Soldier with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.

Equally at home in the Recital Hall, Simona has made recital debuts with the Elora Festival, The Shaftsbury Salon Series, and the 2017 Norcop Song Recital Prize. In summer 2021 she joined Toronto Summer Music for Midsummer Melodies, an evening of art song curated by Adrianne Pieczonka with pianist Steven Philcox, and joins the Western Univeristy Friday Concert Series in the fall of 2022. 

Simona is the recipient of a 2019 Sullivan Foundation Career Development Grant and a Barbara and Stanley Richman Award from Opera Theatre of Saint Louis a 2021 for demonstrating "exceptional potential for a significant career". Other career grants include the Hnatyshyn Foundation, the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation, Ruby Mercer Awards, the Norcop Song Recital Prize , an Encouragement Award from the MET Opera National Council Auditions (Minnesota District) and the Christina and Louis Quilico Competition, where she won third prize in 2019. 

Simona’s training has included apprenticeships with Highlands Opera Studio, the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, The Franz Schubert Institut, and the Chautauqua Institute. Simona holds a BMus, Honours Voice Performance (Western University) and a Masters in Opera (University of Toronto).

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