Emily Simmons is a soprano currently based in Knoxville, Tennessee where she sings as a young artist with Marble City Opera. This season she looks forward to performing and covering several roles, as well as coordinating a music outreach program for under-served retirement communities.
As a performer Ms. Simmons enjoys everything from children’s outreach (a tour of the juke-box opera The Wizard of Oz with ROKCincy Opera for Kids), to chamber music and traditional works for the stage. Performance highlights include Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Abigail Williams (The Crucible), Alcina (Alcina), Le Pâtre (L'Enfant et les sortilèges), and Frasquita (Carmen).
When not performing on stage, Ms. Simmons serves many roles in the musical community. Emily sings Gregorian chant with the Sacred Heart Cathedral schola, serves as a local stage manager, and volunteers teaching voice with a local non-profit. Certified at a C1 fluency level in German, Ms. Simmons also enjoys exploring Germanic music and culture. In 2018 she presented her research in the Musicology Distinguished Lecture Series as a second-place winner in the University of Tennessee Student Music Research Contest. Her paper explored contemporary race politics in Germany through the lens of hip-hop culture and music.
Ms. Simmons holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.