Biography: Natasha Ospina-Simmons, Soprano

Natasha Ospina-Simmons holds a Master of Music degree from Baylor University and an Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Recent performances include Adalgisa in Norma, Sophie in Werther (both for Opera Circle), excerpts from Carmen and Der Freischütz with Heights Chamber Orchestra, a Gilbert & Sullivan concert with Lakeside Symphony, and a benefit concert for the Cleveland Cello Society where she performed Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras with conductor Sasha Mäkilä (a piece she will repeat in February in honor of the retirement of Stephen Geber – former principal cellist of The Cleveland Orchestra ). During her second summer as an apprentice artist for Central City Opera, she performed Almirena in Handel’s Rinaldo. Other roles include Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte) with the Duke Symphony orchestra, Sandman and Dew Fairy (Hansel und Gretel) for Opera Cleveland, Mrs. Hayes (Susannah), Isabelle/Madeline (Face on the Barroom Floor) for Central City Opera, Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), The Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier), Violetta (La traviata), Mimi (La Bohème), Madame Goldentrill (The Impresario), Jenny Lind in the first fully staged production of Libby Larsen’s opera, Barnum’s Bird, Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Elisetta (The Secret Marriage) and Angelica (Suor Angelica). Ms. Simmons also frequently performs outside of the operatic genre in musicals, recitals, oratorios, and symphonic works, including a performance with the CIM orchestra at Severance Hall, and concerts with M.U.S.i.C. in Cleveland. Natasha has been on the voice faculty at The Music Settlement since 2009, and also serves as the Operations Manager of the organization.