Inês Simões is a young 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, Nuno da Rocha, Fátima Fonte, Igor C. Silva, Daniel Moreira, Pedro Faria Gomes, Miguel Azguime and Federic Neyrinck.
She has worked with conductors such as Magnus Lindberg, Hannu Lintu, Paul McCreesh, Sian Edwards, Jean-Sébastien Béreau, Marcelo de Jesus, Nuno Côrte-Real, Rui Pinheiro and João Paulo Santos; directors Kristiina Helin, Olivia Fuchs, Max Hoehn, Ricardo Neves-Neves, Claudio Hochmann, Fernanda Lapa, Figueira Cid and Alexandre Lyra Leite. She has collaborated with the Camerata Concertgebow Orchestra, 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 Play by Jamie Man (Gulbenkian), Canção do Bandido by Nuno Côrte-Real (Teatro Nacional de São Carlos / Teatro Trindade), Tabacaria and As Flores do Mal by Luís Soldado, 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) and Bubikopf (Der Kaiser von Atlantis - Ullmann).
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. This recording was awarded the Apoio à Edição Fonográfica de Intérprete 2013 by Fundação Gestão dos Direitos dos Artistas and aims to showcase the iberian art song repertoire.