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“The whole work is grounded by a fabulous Leporello, Tyler Simpson, who lends maturity of vocal and acting abilities to the production. He demonstrates marvelous ease and economy of means to interpret this beleaguered and clowning figure. He makes his every scene believable from delivering the wonderfully funny catalogue aria of his master’s international conquests, “Madamina! il catalogo,” to negotiating a tricky love scene with the passionate Donna Elvira while disguised as his master.” -DC Theater Scene
Bass-baritone Tyler Simpson is a compelling artist who has proven capable of transporting audiences with an easy command of sensitive musicianship and committed dramatic portrayals. The 2015-2016 season will mark Tyler’s sixth consecutive season at the Metropolitan Opera, where he has worked on over 15 productions after having made his debut in Verdi’s Don Carlo in the 2010-2011 season. During his tenure, he has sung (and danced) alongside Juan Diego Flòrez and Nathan Gunn in Rossini’s hilarious Le Comte Ory. He has also covered roles in Verdi’s Don Carlo and La traviata, Simon Boccanegra, Anna Bolena and Billy Buddwith the company. Engagements for his 2014-2015 season included Doctor Grenvil in La traviata with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, 2nd Nazarene in Salome in his Dallas Opera debut, the Secret Police Agent in The Consul for his debut with Florida Grand Opera, and the Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo and the cover of Doctor Grenvil in La traviata with the Metropolitan Opera as well as Angelotti in Tosca with the Detroit Symphony. Mr. Simpson will return to the Castleton Music Festival for L’heure espagnol and Roméo et Juliette in summer of 2015. The 2015-2016 season will see his return to the Metropolitan Opera for Lulu and to Ft. Worth Opera as Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia as well as debuts with Hawaii Opera Theatre as Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and North Carolina Opera as Dr. Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia.
The 2013-2014 season marked Mr. Simpson’s return to Atlanta Opera as the Sacristan in Tosca, following his house debut as Zuniga in their 2012 production of Carmen. Additionally, he sang Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte at Fort Worth Opera and Leporello in Don Giovanni at the Castleton Festival. In the 2012-2013 season, he made his European debut with Die Münchner Philharmoniker under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel, singing Benoit in La bohème. In 2011, Mr. Simpson debuted at Fort Worth Opera to great acclaim, appearing as Ferrando in Il trovatore. Later that summer, he joined forces with the Castleton Festival, under the baton of Maestro Maazel, where he appeared as Simone in Gianni Schicchi, Mother in Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins, and Benoit in La bohème. He returned to the Castleton Festival in 2012 to sing Dr. Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia.
Mr. Simpson received his Master of Music degree in Opera Performance in May of 2010 from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Prof. Richard Cross. There, he garnered rave reviews as Figaro in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Escamillo in Carmen, and The Emperor of China in Stravinsky’s Le rossignol. He was selected to participate as an Apprentice Artist at Santa Fe Opera for two consecutive seasons in 2007-08, during which time he covered the roles of Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro, and Sailing Master Flint and Lieutenant Ratcliffe in Billy Budd. He was also an Apprentice Artist during 2007-08 with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, where he sang Der Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Horatio in Hamlet. In addition, he receieved traingin at the Seagle Music Colony and completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Kansas. He has won prizes from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition (District winner and encourgament award), the Lotte Lenya Competition (First Prize), the Woolsey Hall Concerto Competiiton (First Prize), and has received a Phyllis Curtin Career Grant from the Yale School of Music.