Michael Todd Simpson
American baritone Michael Todd Simpson makes his San Francisco Opera debut in a role he recently sang with Washington National Opera. In the 2013–14 season, he appears as John Sorel (The Consul) with Seattle Opera and Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) at the Metropolitan Opera. Notable engagements include Moralès (Carmen) and Hermann and Schlémil (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) at the Met; the title role of Don Giovanni and Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro) with Pittsburgh Opera; Marcello (La Bohème) and Escamillo (Carmen) with Seattle Opera; Silvio (Pagliacci) with New York City Opera; Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and Count Almaviva at the Dallas Opera; Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor) with Fort Worth Opera; Escamillo with Opera Australia; and the title role of Eugene Onegin with Virginia Opera. He also sang the role of Tooley in the American premiere of Bennett’s The Mines of Sulphur at Glimmerglass Opera, which was recorded and released by Chandos in 2005. Simpson’s awards include the Spanish Prize in the 2007 José Iturbi International Music Competition, first prize in the first annual Marguerite McCammon Voice Competition, the Sara Tucker Study Grant awarded by the Richard Tucker Foundation, and the Richard F. Gold Career Grant.