Simone Sauphanor (she/her) is the Voice and Dialect Coach for The Playboy Of The West Indies.
Simone was born in Trinidad of Trinidadian and French parentage. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the Barbican, London, where she was awarded a number of prizes and scholarships. Simone was a winner at the Royal Overseas League for Singers and as part of her prize, sang in concert at St. James Palace for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and all the Heads of State of the Commonwealth.
In 2000, Simone made her debut with Opera North as the Countess in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and has sung elsewhere, over 30 operatic roles including the role of Mrs Fiorentino in Weill’s Street Scene for the Opera Group at The Young Vic which was awarded the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical in 2008, revived again in 2011 with performances at the Theatre an der Wein, Vienna, and in 2013 with performances at the Châtelet in Paris and The Liceu in Barcelona.
Simone made her West End debut as Cindy-Lou in the award winning production of Carmen Jones at the Old Vic Theatre directed by Simon Callow CBE and has sung in the ensembles for Bernstein’s Wonderful Town in Berlin, with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, Opera North’s acclaimed production of Carousel at the Barbican in London and the UK and Asian Tour of David Ian/Andrew Lloyd Webber/ The Really Useful Group Production of The Sound of Music. Simone has also sung on various film soundtracks including the prequel trilogy of Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Enemy at the Gates, The Passion of the Christ, Dogma and the Harry Potter series.
Simone has been working as a Singing Tutor and Voice Coach in London and has received the Guildhall Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring accredited by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.