Simona Mihai trained in the UK where she attended the European Opera Centre, the Royal College of Music, London and the Benjamin Britten International Opera School as a Queen Mother Scholar. She was awarded the Rosemary Bugden Junior Fellowship and the David Bowerman Junior Fellowship at the RCM and is a Samling Foundation Scholar.
She is a Samling Foundation Scholar and was a member of the prestigious Jette Parker Young Artist, making her Royal Opera debut in January 2009. Her operatic engagements have included leading roles for Glyndebourne Festival, Glyndebourne on tour, BBC Proms, Teatro Massimo, Palermo, Teatro Municipal de Santiago, and Academia di Santa Caecilia, Rome.
Simona is the recipient of numerous singing prizes including first prize at the Takasaky International Competition in Japan (1996); the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary for Young Singers; the National Mozart Competition; the Miriam Licette Prize and the Maggie Teyte Scholarship (in both 2003 and 2004); the Joaninha Trust Award and the Clonter Opera Prize.
A committed and enthusiastic recitalist, Simona has performed with renowned conductors including Antonio Pappano, Evelino Pido, Daniel Oren, Fabio Luisi, Charles Mackerras, Ingo Metzmacher, and Robin Ticciati. Her other operatic appearances include Glyndebourne Festival, Glyndebourne on Tour, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome and BBC Proms. Recent and current engagements include Nedda Pagliacci, Mimi La boheme (Royal Opera House), Agnes Sorel The Maid of Orleans (Theater an der Wien), Nedda Pagliacci (La Monnaie), Countess Le Nozze di Figaro (Grange Festival).