Singing-actress, Laree "Ree" Simon, has shared her multi-faceted talents with performances at Carnegie Hall as Mozart's Konstanza (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) under the musical direction of Mos. Richard Cordova and Jorge Parodi for New York Lyric Opera Theater, as well as reprisal of the jazz-filled and feisty Ethel Waters (Blues for a Royal Flush by Tom Minter), which was staged at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, National Portrait Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and debuted at the Duke Ellington School of Arts.
Ms. Simon has worked with opera companies such as Repertory Opera Theater of Washington, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Akron Lyric Opera Theater in roles ranging from Violetta (La traviata), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) to Gilda (Rigoletto). Concert opera appearances include Adele
(Die Fledermaus), Gretel (Hansel und Gretel) and Zerlina
(Don Giovanni) with Akron Symphony, Lakeland Symphony and Duke Philharmonic Orchestras.
Ms. Simon’s sacred music solo credits include Rossini's Sabat Mater, Handel's Messiah, Schubert's Mass in G, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and Debussy’s La damoiselle élue. She served as regular soloist and choir member of the historical St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Foggy Bottom, Washington, DC through 2014 under the direction of Julius Tilghman.
Coalition of African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA) not only featured, but presented Ms. Simon on several projects including first annual “Bowie Celebrates the Arts” at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts. Under the auspices of CAAPA, she entertained their dedicated members and the public during their 10th Annual Season with performance venues ranging from Busboys & Poets to the National Harbor.
Recent engagements include performances of Ethel Waters in Blues for a Royal Flush, an engagement with The Great Noise Ensemble in Steve Reich's fan favorite Tehillim, a chamber ensemble work of four Hebrew songs for female voices at the Atlas Performing Arts Center and an appearance with other talented musicians at the 2nd Annual ON THE PORCH AT CEDAR HILL featuring speakers Benjamin Jealous, former NAACP President and CEO, and
Wanda Johnson, mother of Oscar Grant.
Photo Credit: Devon Cass