Part Time Instructor of Applied Music
Areas of expertise
MM, Manhattan School of Music 2009
BA, University of Missouri 2007
During the 2009-10 season, Mr. Simpson performed with the Utah Opera Festival where he covered Alfredo in La traviata and Nicely, Nicely in Guys and Dolls. He returned to the Spotlight on Opera in Texas to sing Turridu in Cavalleria Rusticana. He also was an apprentice artist with the Sarasota Opera and was featured in concerts of operatic excerpts by Verdi, Puccini, Gounod, Britten, Beethoven, and Ponchielli.
He has performed with the Jarvis Conservatory (Napa, CA) in the role of José Maria in the zarzuela La Chulapona broadcast on PBS and in South America, Pong in Turandot with the Union Avenue Opera (St. Louis), Rodolfo in La bohème, Ruggero in La Rondine, Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro, Nerone in L'incoronazione di Poppea and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus. A frequest guest with Union Avenue Opera, he has performed the roles of Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore, Flavio in Norma, Luiz in the Gondoliers, and Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw.
Mr. Simpson completed the role of Don Jose in Carmen with the summer company Spotlight on Opera in Austin, Texas and sang the title role of Don Carlo with Martha Cardona Theater in New York conducted by Eric Halverson. He also covered Vaudémont in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta with Dicapo Opera this past winter. At Gotham Chamber Opera he covered the title role in Mozart’s Il sogno di Scipione and made an unscheduled debut replacing his ailing colleague.
Honors & Awards
2007 1st Place in the Southern Illinois Young Artist Competition.
2005 Trudy Oliphant Sundgren Young Singer Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Finalist in the Wichita Symphony Naftzger Young Artists competition.
Audience favorite in the Utah Festival Opera competition.