Soprano Nancy Scimone knew from the age of six that singing would be her lifelong passion. With her mission to share hope and beauty through music, she performs as soloist in concerts, oratorios and operas.  Her diverse performances include transcendent cathedrals, Kansas farming towns and the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. She possesses a distinctively vibrant and generous stage presence, and engages warmly with her audiences. Her fans describe her performances with the words "joy," "magical" and "formidable."
 
With multiple classical concerts in the 2017 season, she continues to add new repertoire, including the Washington, DC area premieres of songs by New York composer Steve Danyew, songs by Bellini and Spanish composers, and  Puccini arias. This season she was guest artist performing Puccini's "Vissi d'arte" (Tosca) and Gershwin's "Summertime" for a Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital benefit concert at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington Bender Auditorium.  She performed concerts at Harmony Hall, Goodwin House Concert Series, and the Fountains of Washington series. 
 
In spring of 2016 she performed the role of 'La Contessa' in the sold-out performance of Mozart's comic opera Le nozze di Figaro at the Embassy of Austria in Washington, DC.  She was guest soprano soloist with the United States Army Chorus in "An Evening of Poetry and Song" along with poet laureate Dana Gioia, performing the Gioia/Lauridsen "Prayer." 

Other appearances include the guest soprano soloist in Handel's The Messiah  (2013) at the John F. Kennedy Center Concert Hall with the Washington Opera Orchestra and the Arlington Chorus.  2014 concert highlights include the United States Botanic Gardens with her original lecture/concert "Mating Call - the Dating Life of Birds and Bees," the Embassy of China, historic Anderson House Museum (combining art songs, arias and 1940s Great American Songbook) and The Art of Healing Concert Series at Johns Hopkins. 
 
Previous performances in the Washington, DC area include an all-Bernstein solo concert at Lisner Auditorium, the historic Athenaeum and Lyceum, and the Old Executive Office Building; in New York City at St. Peter's Concert Series in French chanson, the Liederkranz Club, Church of Our Saviour, and private concerts.  She has also been guest soloist at other venues in the Washington, DC area in Kurt Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins, Berlioz's Les Nuits d'été, the Queen of Sheba in Handel's Solomon, the Mozart and Fauré Requiem Masses, the comic role of Olga in The Merry Widow with Washington Opera, Rezia in Oberon and Villa Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5. She was guest artist for two seasons with the Yonkers New York Philharmonic and the Bar Harbor Maine Music Festival singing arias from Jerome Kern's Showboat, Bernstein's Candide and Verdi's La Traviata.
 
An accomplished vocalist in 1940s swing music, she has entertained Great American Songbook fans in Washington, DC at Smithsonian National Zoo galas, the Henley Park, Carlyle Club, DC Spirit Yachts, Twins Jazz Club, 49 West, Potomac River Jazz Club events, Chez Francois, and Alliance Francaise events.

Nancy Scimone tours with solo programs of her original inspirational and sacred music to cathedrals and churches across North America, and her performances have uplifted literally thousands of listeners including tours to New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, San Francisco bay area, Washington, DC, Chicago, Orlando and Toronto. Her inspirational recordings reach audiences worldwide.
She has received multiple nominations for the Washington Area Music Association's WAMA award for classical vocalist and inspirational recordings. 

As a vocal educator she has ushered students to higher vocal achievement with entrance into Carnegie Mellon University, Tanglewood, Point Park University, Eastman School of Music and the Duke Ellington School.  She graduated from the American University in Washington, DC with a degree in literature, with further studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and extensive private instruction.  She resides in Northern Virginia, just outside of Washington D.C. 
 
Upcoming projects include her original one-woman musical drama Mary of Magdala.  Concert Programs 
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