Michael Todd Simpson (The Armchair, A Tree)
A native of Gastonia, NC, baritone Michael Todd Simpson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal performance from Erskine College and his Master of Music degree from the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. A graduate of the Seattle Opera Young Artists Program and the Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artists Program, he was a regional winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Spanish Prize in the 2007 José Iturbi International Music Competition, and first prize in the first annual Marguerite McCammon Voice Competition. This season he returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Sonora in La Fancuilla del West, Escamillo in Carmen, and Donner in Das Rheingold. He recently made his European debut at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence as Escamillo. Mr. Simpson stars as Ravenal in the DVD of San Francisco Opera's production of Show Boat, and he also sang the role of Tooley in the American premiere of Richard Rodney Bennett's The Mines of Sulphur at the Glimmerglass Festival, which was recorded and released by Chandos in 2005. He made his SFS debut in 2011 and returned last season as Dr. Pangloss/Narrator in Candide.