Born into a musical family in Singapore, Shimona Rose is a Soprano invested in the worlds of opera and art song.
The 2018 Opera Scholar of the Year and 2017 Robert Salzer Vocal Championship Award winner, Shimona has just completed a Bachelor of Music under the tutelage of Carrie Barr at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Last year, Shimona participated in various competitions and stage productions including performing the lead role of Queenie in Victorian Opera’s The Second Hurricane and as a chorus member in Melbourne Opera’s Roberto Devereux.
In 2016, she also performed the role of Pamina in a workshop production of excerpts from The Magic Flute with Austrian director and writer, Beverly Blankenship. At home, Shimona also took part in New Opera Singapore’s outreach program, Who’s Afraid of Opera and will perform in their production of Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites later this year.
Shimona began her musical studies with the piano at the age of 5, achieving an ABRSM Diploma in Music Performance in 2014. Though piano was her first instrument for the most part, voice was undoubtedly a significant aspect of her musical life. Shimona has extensive experience with choral music and has also pursued other musical interests by forming her own jazz band in 2014. However, her passion lies on the operatic stage and thus, is determined to pursue her dream through further study.