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). Toronto-raised, Simona is a proud graduate of the COC’s Studio Ensemble and the University of Toronto’s Opera School.

As a Gerdine Young Artist, Simona received the 2018 Barbara and Stanley Richman Award for demonstrating “exceptional potential for a significant career” at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis where she returned the next year as Annina in a special production of La Traviata directed by Patricia Racette. Other debuts include the Second Maid in Elektra, Cindy in Wow Factor, Berta in the Barber of Seville, and Gertrude in Hansel and Gretel (Opera for Young Audiences) with the Canadian Opera Company.

An avid interpreter of song, Simona’s favourite summer was spent studying at the Franz Schubert Institute where she was deeply inspired by the late Dr.Deen Larsen. Her sensitive and emotional grasp on repertoire have since granted her fellowships with the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, the Chautauqua Institution, and awarded her prizes including the Norcop Song Recital Prize, an Elora Festival Recital Prize.

In the wake of COVID-19, Simona has been honing artistic, culinary, and administrative skills, joining the OmniArts Foundation in organizing and performing in their Virtual Concert Series for Artist Relief, and is honoured to have virtually returned to Highlands Opera Studio for her second summer.