Ann Simerlink’s “warmly Italianate voice had lots of color and character, and her Nedda was the standout performance of the evening.” Asheville Citizen Times.
Unusual versatility marks the voice of the Rochester, MN-based artist, who made her successful Carnegie Hall debut as the soprano soloist for Andrew Carter’s regional premiere of Te Deum. She has performed nationally in numerous musical theater, chamber music, pops and classical venues. Solo performances include Brevard Music Festival, Ohio Light Opera, National Opera Association, Toledo Repertoire Theater, Matinee Musicale, Black Swamp Players, and featured soprano soloist for the Cincinnati Premiere of William Grant Still’s song cycle, From the Hearts of Women. Ms. Simerlink has been a regular soloist for Festa Italiana Opera Night on the Riverfront, Newport, KY.
Pops and jazz engagements include performances on the Arawanna Queen Cruise Lines, Omni Netherlands Hotel, Cincinnati Woman’s Club, John Patterson & Friends Café, and with the Phil DeGreg Jazz Trio at Northern Kentucky University. Ms. Simerlink has been recognized as being in the “Top Ten Percent Vocal Pops” category at the Nashville City Song Festival, an international professional music competition.
As a chamber musician, Ms. Simerlink has professionally collaborated with members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra for the Taft Museum of Art Chamber Music Series, MacDowell Society of Cincinnati and for the Queen City Club. She is the founding member & Soprano for Ensemble Fioratura, a professional chamber ensemble providing ambient classical and pops music for art museums, receptions, and other cultural venues.
Solo orchestral credits include A Tribute to John Philip Sousa at Cincinnati Memorial Hall, Handel’s Messiah with the Dayton Philharmonic and Bach Society of Dayton, Summer Concert Series with the Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra, Honneger’s King David at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington, KY, Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass with Musica Sacra, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Cincinnati Choral Society.
Numerous Opera & Operetta roles include Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Nedda in I Pagliacci, Johanna in Sondheim’s Sweeny Todd, Serpina in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona, Gilbert & Sullivan’s Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Gianetta in The Gondoliers, Pitti Sing in The Mikado and Leila in Iolanthe.
She has performed as Solo Recitalist in the San Francisco Bay area, San Jose, Cincinnati, Dayton, and Northern Kentucky, including the Cincinnati Art Museum with the Beyer Musical Society; and numerous church recital series, including Christ Church Cathedral’s Music Live with Lunch; Midday Musicale at Trinity Episcopal, Covington, KY; A Recital of Baroque Delights for Soprano, Trumpet and Organ at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington, KY; Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Recital Series; Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Concert Series, Kenwood; and soprano soloist for the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County Garden Series, Cincinnati, OH, among others. Ms. Simerlink has been a soprano soloist at Old St. Mary's Church in Cincinnati.
As an oratorio singer, Ms. Simerlink’ s has been the featured soprano soloist for Mendelssohn's Elijah, Poulenc’s Gloria, Rutter’s Requiem, Rutter’s Magnificat, Faure’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Saint Saens’ Christmas Oratorio, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Vivaldi’s Introduzione al Gloria, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, KV 165, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Mozart’sMass in F major, Mozart’s Missa Brevis in B-flat Major, and Bach's Cantata BWV 150, Nach dir, Herr, Verlanget mich. Recent performances include soprano soloist for Handel's Messiah for a benefit concert in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ms. Simerlink has served as cantor/soprano soloist for the Rochester Latin Mass Society at St. Francis Church, Rochester, MN.
With continued vocal studies at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, Ms. Simerlink is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Masters of Music. She is Adjunct Faculty, Fine Arts, for Indiana Wesleyan University and has performed voiceovers/impersonations for a number of regional radio commercials.