Andrew Simpson is a bass-baritone from Dallas, TX. He studied with the great bass Samuel Ramey at Wichita State University. While he was in his Graduate studies at Wichita State University he enjoyed performing five leading roles including Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Lord Sidney in Il viaggio a Reims, Don Annibale in Donizetti’s Il campanello di notte, the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, and Reverend Blitch in Carlisle Floyd’s Susanna. Andrew has been an apprentice artist at Seagle Music Colony, Central City Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Palm Beach Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Teatro Nuovo. Andrew has sung the roles of Angelotti in Tosca with the Wichita Grand Opera, Betto di Signa in Gianni Schicchi with the Chicago Opera Theater, the footman in Vanessa at the Santa Fe Opera, Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Opera in the Rock, and during his two years with the Palm Beach Opera he sang the Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, the Jailer in Tosca, and Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro. During his time as an apprentice artist he has also been given the opportunity to cover many roles including Masetto in Don Giovanni, and Sid in La fanciulla del west at the Santa Fe Opera as well as The Bonze in Madama Butterfly, Sparafucile and Monterone in Rigoletto, The Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, Angelotti in Tosca, and Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro with the Palm Beach Opera. Most recently Andrew has performed the role of Colline in La bohème in concert style with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and Zuniga in Carmen with Annapolis Opera.
At Virginia Opera Andrew will be singing Agelotti and the Jailer in Tosca, then singing 3rd thug and covering Giorgio in Il Positino, and covering Don Magnifico in La cenorentola.