Welcome to my "Voice" Page!

Why I teach voice.

I teach voice principally because:

  • I love to work on music. I have spent my life working on music and it is a visceral need for me.
  • I love helping people learn...
    • To sing
    • To learn repertoire, songs, arias, operas in all genres

I performed my first opera, Carmen, when I was 20 years old and since then, 37 years, I have been singing in opera, operetta and some musicals, mostly in Germany.  It is logical to assume that my specialty is singing for operas, operettas, song recitals, oratorios, cantatas and concert works for orchestra without amplification. 

I have studied with excellent voice teachers, coached with amazing pianists, sung with some fabulous conductors and been directed by many very good directors all from the real world of professional opera.

Having done well over 70 operas, mostly leading roles, in all of the standard operatic languages, Italian, French, and German, I have had some great coaching over the years on diction for those languages. Obviously I speak fluent German.

Not only that, I have sung with many great singers of all types and have seen and experienced what works and doesn't work for voice types other than my own.

My teaching philosophy is much like those of the teachers I have had, a relaxed and patient approach towards improving the technique which is based on three basic principles:

  1. Open air column
  2. Solid support
  3. Optimal placement

While your singing goals may be outside of the classical arena, having a solid technique will help you no matter what kind of music you do. I love all kinds of music, from Bluegrass to Rock. I will help you apply what we learn technically to the music you want to sing.

People who ask about young people learning to sing, I say the same thing, I actually don't really teach voice at all, I teach support, and anyone can use that.

So, if you are a sports coach, classroom teacher, or anyone who uses their voice, I think I can help you use your voice effectively and without strain.

If you are interested in studying voice with me please don't hesitate to contact me! Just getting started so I have time!

Here is a small audio example of some recordings from the past.

Timothy Simpson, Tenor Resume

Resume

  • August 2016 - December 2017   Western Kentucky University
    • Adjunct Professor Music Appreciation
  • November 2017 - Actor - Radio Play of "It's a Wonderful Life"
    • Public Theater of Kentucky
  • May 2017 -   Actor Neil Simon's "Rumors"
    • Public Theater of Kentucky
  • August 2010 - August 2016 - Freelance Singer
    • Author - Boredom to Brilliance
  • May 2007 to July 2010 Theater Krefeld Mönchengladbach
    • Lyric Spinto Tenor Soloist - Full Time "Fest" Singer
  • August 2002 - May 2008 Opera Bonn
    • Lyric Spinto Tenor Soloist - Full Time "Fest" Singer
    • Guest
  • December 2000 - February 2001 Freelance Soloist Guest
    • Flemish Opera - Antwerpen/Ghent Guest
  • Summers 1995, 98 - 2002                         Eutiner Sommerspiele
  • August 1998 - August 2000 Theater Gelsenkirchen/Wuppertal
    • Lyric Spinto Tenor Soloist - Full Time "Fest Singer"
  • August 1996 - August 1998  Freelance Singer
    • Sommer Festival an der Saar
    • Theater Erfurt
  • September 1995 - August 1996
    • Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe
    • Lyric Tenor Soloist -Full Time "Fest"
  • June 1991 - July 1995 Städtische Bühnen Osnabrück
    • Lyric Tenor - Full Time "Fest" Soloist Stadttheater
  • August 8, 1988 - July 1991 Bremerhaven
    • Lyric Tenor - Full Time "Fest" Soloist
    • (Anfänger - Beginning Contract)
  • July 1988 Tour of France with Mozart's "Il re pastore" -
  • September 1987 - June 1988   International Opera Studio
    • Zurich Opera, Switzerland
  • Summers of 1986 and 1987   Chautauqua Opera
    • AGMA Apprentice Artist Program and Studio
    • Chautauqua, New York

Education

  • 1984 - 1986         Master of Music in Performance and Literature
    • The Eastman School of Music
      • Richard Pearlman Opera Director
      • Marcia Baldwin, Principle Teacher
  • 1978 - 1984         Bachelor of Music Education K-12 Vocal/Inst.
    • Western Kentucky University
    • Dr. Virgil Hale, Opera Director
    • Dr. Charles S. Hausman Voice and Conducting
    • Elizabeth Volkman, Voice

Voice Teachers Outside of Academia

  • Helmut Kolvenbach, Mönchengladbach, Germany
  • James McCray, The Hague, Netherlands
  • Enrico Di Giuseppe, Philadelphia,
  • Gemma Visser, Eijsden, Netherlands,
  • Raphael Ortiz, Berlin

Honors

  • Who's Who in Deutschland
  • Who's Who in American Colleges and University
  • Performer's Certificate - Eastman School of Music
  • Wall of Fame - Western Kentucky University Music
  • Student of the Year - Western Kentucky University

Guestings -Houses, Theaters, Festivals and Symphony Halls

Semper Oper, Dresden, Festival House Baden-Baden, Süd-West Radio Orchestra, Kaiserslautern, Alte Oper Frankfurt am Main: Darmstadt, Wiesbaden, Mainz, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Barga Italy, Freiburg, Flensburg, Erfurt, Detmold, Wiesbaden Stadthalle, Rostock, Oldenburg, Munster plus many smaller Venues for Gala Concerts.

Other Projects - Recitals - Concerts - Choruses

  • Summer 1981 - The Stephen Foster Story - Chorus -
    • First Paid Professional Job Solo
  • Recitals:
    • Die schöne Müllerin
    • A Dream through the Twilight
    • Feelings of Spring
    • Valentines Special
  • Symphonic Works:
    • Beethoven's 9th
    • Verdi Requiem
    • Dvorak's Stabat Mater,
    • Koldaly's Psalmus Hungaricus,
    • Mendellsohn's
      • Elijah,
      • Lobgesang - Symphony # 2
    • Mozart:
      • Requiem
      • Coronation Mass
    • Handel:
      • Messiah
      • Acis and Galetea
    • Bach Cantatas
    • Puccini
      • Messa di Gloria
    • Britten:
      • Les Illuminations
      • Serenade for Tenor Horn and Strings
    • Bruckner Te Deum Eastman Chorale
    • Eastman Musica Nova
    • Eastman Early Music Ensemble
    • Eastman Opera.
    • 1983 WKU Chamber Singer's Tour of Europe
      • Mozart Requiem with Neville Marriner
    • WKU University Choir
    • Chamber Singers
    • Jazz Band
    • Recorder Ensemble
    • Opera Theater
    • Western Shaker Singers
      • a reenactment of the traditional Shaker Worship service.

Repertoire

  • Mozart:
    • Il re pastore - Alessandro
    • La finta semplice - Fracasso
    • La finta giardiniera - Belfiore
    • Cosi fan tutte - Ferrando
    • Die Zauberflöte - Tamino - Erster Geharnischer
    • Idomeneo - Idomeneo
    • Le nozze di figaro - Don Basilio
  • Wagner:
    • Götterdämmerung - Siegfried
    • Der fliegende Holländer - Erik - Der Steuermann
    • Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Kunz Vogelgesang
  • Puccini
    • Gianni Schicchi - Rinuccio
    • La Boheme - Rodolfo
    • Tosca Cavaradossi
    • Madama Butterfly - Pinkerton
  • Verdi:
    • La Traviata - Alfredo
    • Aida - Radames
    • Don Carlos - Carlos
    • Simone Boccanegra - Gabriela Adorno
    • Macbeth - Macduff
    • I due Foscari - Barbarigo
    • Il trovatore - chorus
    • Otello - Cassio
  • Rossini
    • Il barbiere di Siviglia - Almaviva
    • Adina - Ali
    • La cambiale di Matrimonio - Edward
  • Haydn
    • Lo Speziale - Mengone
    • Orlando Paladino - Orlando
  • Janacek
    • Jenufa - Stewa
    • Katia Kabanova - Kudriasch, Tichon
  • Donizetti:
    • L'elisir d'amore - Nemorino
    • Anna Bolena - Hervey
  • Auber Fra Diavolo - Lorenzo
  • Benatzky
    • Im weissen Rössl - Dr. Otto Siegler
  • Beethoven:
    • Fidelio - Jacquino
  • Berg
    • Wozzeck - Andres
  • Bizet
    • Carmen - Don Jose
  • Britten:
    • A Midsummer Night's Dream - Snout
    • Beggar's Opera - Captain MacHeath
  • Gounod:
    • Faust - Faust
  • Martinu
    • The Marriage - Kokhkaryov
  • Menotti
    • Amahl and the Night Visitors - Kaspar
  • Massenet:
    • Manon - Des Grieux
  • Millöcker
    • Der Bettelstudent - Symon
  • Lehar :
    • Der Graf von Luxemburg - Rene
    • Die lustige Witwe - Camille
  • Nicolai
    • Die lustige Weiber von Windsor - Fenton
  • Leoncavallo I pagliacci - Beppe
  • Lortzing:
    • Undine - Hugo
    • Zar und Zimmermann - Chateauneuf
  • Offenbach:
    • Les contes des Hoffmann - Hoffmann
    • Robinson Crusoe - Toby
    • Pariser Leben (La vie Parisienne) - Bobinet
  • Poulenc:
    • Les mamelles des Teresias The Husband
  • Rimsky Korsakov:
    • Coq d'Or - Guidon
  • Smetena:
    • The Bartered Bride - Jenik/Hans
  • Stravinsky:
    • The Rakes Progress - Tom Rakewell
    • A Soldier's Tale - The Soldier (Acting)
    • Pulcinella - Tenor
  • Hindemith:
    • Cardillac - Der Offizier
  • Henze:
    • The Young Lord - Wilhelm
    • Elegy for Young Lovers - Toni
  • Strauss, Richard:
    • Salome - Narraboth
    • Ariadne auf Naxos - Bacchus
    • Der Rosenkavalier - Der Sänger, Ein Lakei, Ein Diener
  • Strauss, Johann:
    • Eine Nacht in Venedig - The Duke and Caramello
    • Der Zigeunerbaron - Barinkay
  • Tchaikovsky:
    • The Queen of Spades - Herman