Simone Kermes (Soprano)
Born: 17th May 1965, Leipzig
Artist's website: https://simone-kermes.de/
Known for her idiosyncratic performances of baroque repertoire and eccentric personal style, the German coloratura soprano Simone Kermes trained in her native Leipzig, with early successes including the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition. Bach has not, however, figured prominently in her career since then – Kermes gravitated towards Vivaldi, Handel and the Neapolitan composers who wrote for the great castrati, such as Riccardo Broschi, Alessandro Scarlatti and Porpora. (She has recorded several solo albums of such repertoire for Sony, including Dramma, and Colori d’Amore – reviewing the latter, BBC Music Magazine described her as ‘a remarkable artist, charming, fascinating and boldly risk-taking by turns’).
Kermes sings Fiordiligi and the Countess on Russian-Greek conductor Teodor Currentzis’s much-praised series of the Mozart Da Ponte operas on Sony, and also sings the soprano solos on his recording of the Mozart Requiem; her operatic repertoire also includes The Queen of the Night, Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Gilda (Rigoletto), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), and Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progess.