Angela Renée Simpson
Critics the world over have proclaimed dramatic soprano Angela Renée Simpson’s voice wonderfully powerful, fascinating, thrilling and extraordinary. Nicola Salmoiraghi, critic for L’Opera, said of Ms. Simpson that she possessed “one of the most extraordinary voices we’ve heard from the stage of La Scala in recent times.”
In 2008, the soprano will be starring in the role of Serena in Dallas Opera's premiere production of George Gershwin's much acclaimed opera Porgy and Bess and making her debut with Opéra Comique of Paris, France for their premiere production of the same opera. In previous seasons, Simpson sang with Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Diego Opera, Miami Opera, Piedmont Opera, and New York City Opera. In 2005, Ms Simpson performed the role of Cilla in Michigan Opera Theatre's World Premier production of Richard Danielpour's Margaret Garner, starring Denyce Graves. She repeated the role with Opera Carolina in 2006. In 2002, she performed with the New York City Opera in the televised broadcast “Live from Lincoln Center” as Serena in Porgy and Bess. Ms. Simpson “came close to stopping the show…brilliant” New York Daily News, and Ms. Simpson was perhaps the “grandest moment” The New York Times.
In concert, Ms. Simpson will be making her Carnegie Hall debut, in 2008, with the New York Pops Orchestra in a Gerswhin tribute under the baton of Maestro Andrew Litton. In the same year she will also be making her debut with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Justin Brown.The dramatic soprano has been heard with the Hartford Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Colorado Springs Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Novaya Opera Theater in Russia, in Weill Recital and with the Bravo Music Festival singing Mozart’s Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony, Mozart’s Grand Mass in c minor, and Barber’s Knoxville 1915. Ms. Simpson sings Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera, Leonora in Il Trovatore, Serena in Porgy and Bess, Senta in Der Fliegende Hollander and Aida in Aida and has sung with Maestro’s Andrew Litton, John Demain, Maurice Peress and Eugene Kolobov to name a few.
Opera Carolina Performances:
Love Notes (2008–2009)
Margaret Garner (2005–2006)