Marta studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and was the joint winner of their prestigious “Gold Medal” competition in 2015. In addition to her operatic work, Marta is a keen exponent of the concert and oratorio repertoire and enjoys giving recitals when her schedule permits, appearing in such venues as St John’s Smith Square, St James Piccadilly, St Martin-in-the-Fields and Christchurch Spitalfields. Marta was one of the four Jerwood Young Artists at Glyndebourne Festival in 2015 and makes her debut as Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro at Garsington Opera in 2016.
Described as possessing “real star quality” (Times) and giving a “a powerhouse performance that’s a vocal and physicaltour de force” (whatsonstage), Marta has completed both postgraduate and Opera Course training at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama under the tuition of Marilyn Rees. She is supported by the Gwen Catley Scholarship, the Worshipful Company of Leathersellers, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and a Sybil Tutton Award. She is a Concordia Foundation Concert Artist and joined the Tillett Trust’s Young Artists Platform scheme in 2013. Marta made her Wigmore Hall recital debut in June 2014.
Marta was the 2015 joint winner of the prestigious Gold Medal awarded by the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in its centenary year, was a finalist in The 2014 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and in 2011 was winner of the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards and Odette Sansom Award for English Song at GSMD. She was also Runner-Up in the Thelma King Award, a finalist in the Hampshire Singing Competition and reached the Semi-Final of the Mozart Singing Competition.
Solo concert and oratorio performances include Duruflé Requiem with the London Mozart Players and Strauss Deutsche Motette both at St John’s Smith Square, recitals at St James Piccadilly, St Martin-in-the-Fields and Christchurch Spitalfields, Britten Canticles in Rolston Hall Banff and Jonathan Harvey’s Songs of Li Po with the Guildhall Orchestra for a live BBC Radio 3 Total Immersion broadcast at Barbican Hall. Marta maintains her link with the South West, performing at Sherborne Abbey and Wells Cathedral and appears as a soloist alongside the City of London Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on the Naxos recording of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy.
Her operatic experience includes title role in Jonathan Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio, Paggio Francesca di Foix (Donizetti) and Kate Julian Owen Wingrave at GSMD as well as Ruggiero in Agostino Steffani’s Orlando Generoso(The Barber Opera), Drummer in Ullmann’s The Emperor of Atlantis(Grimeborn Festival), Hansel Hansel and Gretel(Clonter Opera) and Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly(Grange Park Opera). In 2014 Marta joined Garsington Opera as Woodpecker and covered Fox The Cunning Little Vixen. Subsequent engagements include Mercedes and covering title role Carmen for Mid Wales Opera and Mahler Kindertotenlieder at St James’ Piccadilly, London. Marta was also selected to be one of the four Jerwood Young Artists at the 2015 Glyndebourne Festival.
Recent engagements include Mozart Requiem at St Paul’s Cathedral with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Verdi Requiem with Slaithwaite Philharmonic, Nothing, a main stage new commission youth opera for Glyndebourne based on the novel by Danish author Janne Teller and composed by David Bruce, Mozart Mass in C minor at St John’s Smith Square, L’Enfant et les Sortilèges with Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart (Denève), Wesendonck Lieder at the Auditorio de Tenerife, Lapak (Dog) in the Glyndebourne Festival revival of The Cunning Little Vixen and Dido and Aeneas with Ars Eloquentiae at Winchfield Festival.
Engagements in 2016/2017 include Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music at the Last Night of the BBC Proms, Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly for Glyndebourne on Tour, a solo recital at the London Song Festival, Elijah with the Burford Singers, The Joy of Christmas with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, cover of title role La Cenerentola for Opera North, title role La Cenerentola for Diva Opera and Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro for Garsington Opera. Subsequent engagements include 2nd Lady Die Zauberflöte for Garsington Opera and her debuts at Teatro Real, Madrid and Opéra de Monte Carlo.
Marta Fontanals-Simmons and accompanist Ricardo Gosalbo were awarded the Prix de Lied at the prestigious Nadia and Lili Boulanger International Voice-Piano Competition on Sunday 15th November in Paris. Due to the unanticipated closure of public spaces in the city over the weekend, the final of this event took place in the Foundation Singer Polingnac. Her…Read more ›