Bio: Inês Simões is a young lirico-spinto soprano whose versatility allows her to sing a wide repertoire, from baroque to contemporary music. A great contemporary music enthusiast, Inês Simões has premiered more than 10 works commissioned for her voice, highlighting composers Jamie Man, Jug Markovitch, Federic Neyrinck, Nuno da Rocha, Igor C. Silva, Daniel Moreira, Pedro Faria Gomes, Fátima Fonte and Miguel Azguime. She has worked with conductors such as Magnus Lindberg, Hannu Lintu, Paul McCreesh, Sian Edwards, Marcelo de Jesus, Nuno Côrte-Real, Rui Pinheiro and João Paulo Santos; directors Kristiina Helin, Olivia Fuchs, Max Hoehn, Claudio Hochmann, Ricardo Neves-Neves, Fernanda Lapa, Figueira Cid and Alexandre Lyra Leite. She has collaborated with the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, Orquestra Gulbenkian, Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras, Ensemble Darcos and Ensemble Contemporaneus. Inês has sung for the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Barbican Hall, Barbican Pit, Sadler’s Wells, London Coliseum, British Museum, Millennium Centre, as well as festivals Dias da Música - CCB, Terras Sem Sombras, Música na Fábrica, Oxford Lieder Festival, Song in the City Concert, Grimeborne Festival and Tête-à-Tête; and for the BBC Radio 3 In Tune and Portuguese classical Radio Antena 2. In opera, she has premiered A Canção do Bandido by Nuno Côrte-Real, Play by Jamie Man, Tabacaria by Luís Soldado and The Fisherman’s Brides by Lucie Treacher, and appeared in the Portuguese premieres of Onheama by João Guilherme Ripper, King Harald’s Saga by Judith Weir, The Waiter’s Revenge by Stephen Oliver and Hummus by Zad Moultaka. Standard roles include Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro - Mozart), Susanna (Il Segreto di Susanna - Wolf-Ferrari), Gretel (Hansel und Gretel - Humperdinck), Giulia (La Scala di Seta - Rossini), Rita (Rita - Donizetti), Clarice (Il Mondo della Luna - Haydn), Bubikopf (Der Kaiser von Atlantis - Ullmann), Aminta (Il Re Pastore - Mozart) and Bastienne (Bastien und Bastienne - Mozart). In oratory, she debuted at the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian alongside Iestyn Davies in Handel’s Solomon, returning the next season to sing The Messiah. Her repertoire includes works by Marcos de Portugal, Mozart, Rossini, Schubert, Rutter and Orff. Inês has a long partnership with pianist Daniel Godinho. Their Duo Tágide performs regularly all over Portugal. In 2015 they launched the CD Alma Ibérica with record label Sonus Music, that aims to showcase the iberian art song repertoire.