Simone Easthope, a soprano from New South Wales, Australia, is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She has studied with Edith Wiens and Maree Ryan. Simone is the recipient of the Higley Scholarship, the Opera Foundation of Australia’s Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship (2010), and the Kia-Ora Music Grant (2003-2006).
Ms. Easthope’s opera roles include Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten, Therese/Tirésias in Les Mamelles de Tirésias by Poulenc, Angelique in Angelique by Jacques Ibert and Despina in Così fan tutte. A keen recitalist, she enjoys performing in particular art song and Lieder of the early romantics. In 2015 Simone was a semi-finalist in the prestigious Das Lied competition in Berlin, Germany, and won third prize in the International Robert Schumann Competition, held in Zwickau every four years. Simone featured as soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah under the baton of Maestro Helmuth Rilling, with the Orchestra e Coro Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, and was a participant in the 2015 Internationale Meistersinger Akademie, in Neumarkt, Germany, with performances broadcast on the Bavarian Radio.