Known as “a rising star” (Philadelphia Inquirer), Ethan Simpson is rapidly gaining international recognition as an extremely versatile artist as both a singer and actor with his “robust baritone voice and compelling stage presence,” (Chicago Tribune). Recent engagements include his New York City debut as Germont in La Traviata, Behike in the North American premier of Hatuey; A Memory of Fire in collaboration with the Peak Performance series and Guthrie Theater’s decorated choreographer Maija Garcia, Jauno in West Side Story with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Guglielmo in Le Villi with the presigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. As a resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts, Mr. Simpson has performed numerous title roles including: Count di Luna, Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, The Demon, Gianni Schicchi, Albert in Werther, and Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte among others. In addition to operatic engagements, Mr. Simpson can be seen in the featured role of César in Bel Canto, a movie based on Anne Patchett’s New York Times best selling novel Bel Canto alongside Academy Award winner Julianne Moore and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe featuring vocals from Renee Fleming, directed by Golden Globe winner Paul Weitz (About a Boy, Mozart in the Jungle).
Mr. Simpson is the 1st place prize winner and the Sergio Franchi Music Foundation Award recipient of the Rising Stars Vocal Competition at Vero Beach Opera, a 2018 national semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and has garnered numerous awards from around the globe including: The Young Patroness of the Opera Competion, Paris Opera’s International Mozart Awards 2017 (third prize and audience choice award), the Lotte Lenya Competition, the Giulio Gari Foundation, and the Dallas Opera Competition.
Ethan hails from Kansas City, Missouri and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northwestern University and holds a Master’s in Voice Performance. While at Northwestern University, Mr. Simpson was awarded the coveted Bienen School of Music Eckstein Fellowship and was the dean’s choice to sing for President Barack Obama.