American baritone Ethan Simpson is quickly gaining recognition for his “robust baritone voice and compelling stage presence,” (Chicago Tribune). Recent engagements include Schaunard in La bohème with the Martina Arroyo Foundation in New York City, the title roles of Don Giovanni and Gianni Schicchi, as well as Albert in Werther all as a resident artist with the world renowned Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. He also recently appeared in the title role of the critically acclaimed Chicago premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. Other operatic roles include Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Valentin in Faust and John Brooke in Little Women. In 2014 Mr. Simpson appeared in productions of Le nozze di Figaro, Dead Man Walking, and The Sound of Music with Central City Opera in Colorado. This season, Mr. Simpson returns to The Academy of Vocal Arts to sing Rigoletto in Verdi’s Rigoletto and the title role in Anton Rubenstein’s The Demon. Mr. Simpson will make his movie debut in the role of Cesar in an upcoming feature film based on Anne Patchett’s New York Times best selling Bel Canto starring Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe directed by Paul Weitz (Mozart in the Jungle).
Mr. Simpson is a regional award winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and has garnered numerous awards from Paris Opera’s Mozart Awards 2017, the Lotte Lenya Competition, the Giulio Gari Foundation, the Dallas Opera Competition, the Vero Beach Opera International Vocal Competition, the Bel Canto Foundation, the Southern Illinois Vocal Competition and the Hal Leonard Competition.
In 2015 Ethan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northwestern University and holds a Master’s in Voice Performance under the tutelage of W. Stephen Smith. 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.