Simone Riksman

Simone Riksman

Lyric Soprano

"a lovely soprano with a beautiful tone, combined with innate musicality, lively intelligence and strong stage presence."
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«"Simone Riksman als reizende Füchsin Schlaukopf stimmstark und expressiv."»
Bettina Kugler, St Galler Tagblatt (2017)
«"..und die Pamina von Simone Riksman locker, strahlend, charmant, unbestreitbar die Königin der Premierenbesetzung. Pamina-Riksman gelingt das Kunststück, uns menschlich anzurühren.."»
Peter Surber - St Galler Tagblatt (2017)
«"Welch wunderbar zartes, empfindsames und bezauberndes Timbre. In ihrer Cavatina Geme la tortorella drückt sie mit berührender Eindringlichkeit Einsamkeit, Sorge und Liebesverlangen aus. Komplett erliegt man ihrer Stimme, ihrem Schmerz, und ihrer Pein dann in der grossen Szene vor dem Finale II."»
Oper Aktuell (2017)
2015Bizet: CarmenMicaëla
2014Mozart: Don GiovanniZerlina
2014Strauss J.: Eine Nacht in VenedigAnnina
2014Strauss R.: Ariadne auf NaxosEcho
2013Catalani: La WallyWalter
2013Mozart: Die ZauberflötePamina
2013Mozart: La Finta GiardinieraMarchesa Violante
2010Mozart: Cosi fan tutteDespina

Bio


 Simone Riksman has performed music since the age of 9 at the highest level both at home and abroad.

An education rooted in the Dutch music tradition (Margreet Honig, DNOA, Cappella Amsterdam) she went on to one of the oldest theaters in Switzerland, Theater St Gallen (Int. Peter Heilker) to enhance her operatic repertoire, which has extended in the last few years to 20 leading and middle roles, working with acclaimed directors as Guy Joosten, Pierre Audi, Nicola Raab, Aron Stiehl, David Alden and conductors as Henrik Nánási, Marc Minkowski, David Stern, Robert Howarth and Otto Tausk.

She is known for her work ethic, her quick intelligence on stage and musicality.

Besides opera Simone has a great love for song and concert repertoire, performing regularly at Festivals and concert halls around the world, including the Smetanahallen Prague, Carnegie Hall New York, Gergiev Festival Rotterdam and the Canberra International Music Festival, Australia.

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Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Bizet: Carmen Micaëla Immediately Theater St Gallen 2015
Mozart: Don Giovanni Zerlina 1 week Theater St Gallen 2014
Strauss J.: Eine Nacht in Venedig Annina 1 week Theater St Gallen 2014
Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos Echo 24 hours Theater St Gallen 2014
Catalani: La Wally Walter 24 hours Theater St Gallen 2013