Irina Simmes is now a member of the Oper Dortmund where she is making her debut with Lisa(Land des Lächelns) and Max(Wo die wilden Kerle wohnen). This season she will also be heard again at the Oper Frankfurt in Wagner’s Die Walküre and as Violetta Valery in a new produktion of Verdis La traviata at the Theatre Bielefeld, where she made also her role debut as Queen of the night in 2018.
The soprano was a member of the opera company of the Theater Heidelberg, where she celebrated major successes with numerous Mozart roles including Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Gräfin Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni.
In the season 2017/18 she made her debut at the Oper Frankfurt as Konstanze in Christoph Loy’s acclaimed production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail under the musical direction of Sebastian Weigle.
The artist debuted in January 2017 with the role of Isolde in the world premiere of Avner Dorman’s Wahnfried at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, where she will return in the season 2017/18 for a new production of Mozart’s Lucio Silla, in a co-production with the Théâtre la Monnaie Brüssel.
Together with roles such as Laura in Korngold’s Der Ring des Polykrates, Musetta in La Bohème, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, and Micaëla in Carmen, it was especially her portrayal of Violetta in La traviata which attracted a great deal of attention. The German magazine “Die Deutsche Bühne“ dedicated a cover story to her in their February 2015 issue.
Irina Simmes’ repertoire embraces works of the Baroque, such as Traetta’s Ifigenia in Tauride, in which she performed Pilade, as well as new compositions, including Jost’s Rumor, in which she sang the role of Adela, and the world premiere of Harneit’s Abends am Fluss, in which she interpreted the leading role of the Frau.
She completed her education at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen, (Germany), and was subsequently engaged as a member of the opera studio at the Musiktheater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen. (in the season 2011/12.)