Angela Renée Simpson
American soprano Angela Renée Simpson made her San Francisco Opera debut as Serena in the 1995 presentation of Porgy and Bess. Recent engagements include concert performances with Florence’s Teatro Maggio Musicale, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. In 2009, Simpson sang the role of Serena in Austria in a concert version under Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Styriarte Festival, as well as at Paris’s Opéra Comique. She has appeared at Milan’s La Scala, Cagliari’s Teatro Lirico, the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Moscow’s Novaya Theater, and with Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Diego Opera, New York City Opera, and Florida Grand Opera. In 2005, Simpson portrayed Cilla in the world premiere of Richard Danielpour’s Margaret Garner at Michigan Opera Theatre. On the concert stage, she has been a soloist with Rome’s Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Alabama Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, and she has appeared at Carnegie Hall and Weill Recital Hall.