FEATURED IN: REMIX8, HARD TO HANDEL, LAMMERMOOR INC, POP-UP OPERA, BOLLYWOOD LAKME, OPERA FRONTIER @ PALACE, OPERA FRONTIER @ PALACE II
Gail Simpson (Founding Artistic Director, Soprano) is grateful for the soulful work of producing and performing for Opera Frontier since 2007. In addition to those roles, she has appeared as Clotilde in Pocket Opera’s Norma, Cunegonde in Candide, the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and in Bach’s Hunting Cantata. In 2010 she created the role of Lucy Ashton in Opera Frontier’s Lammermoor, Inc, a Business Tragedy. In 2011 she was the featured soloist in Opus Q’s concert, Songs for a Winter’s Night. In 2009, she gave a concert in Homoroduifalu, Romania to celebrate the birthday of Her Royal Highness, Princess Margarita, and subsequently sang in London for the great Romanian soprano, Nelly Miriciou. In her first incarnation as a singer, Gail won critical acclaim in her local debut — a Jerome Kern review called A Fine Romance; at the Edinburg International Festival Fringe she was Katie in Joseph Lilis’ Cole Porter review Some Like It Cole. In addition to performing, she has produced her own critically acclaimed cabaret show at the Plush Room, and two operettas with Bay Area director Ross Halper.
People who know Gail are not surprised to find her exploring the frontier of opera. Prior explorations include working two years in Ethiopia on a UN drought relief project, getting a PhD in economics, founding an Inc 500 company, serving as a hospital chaplain, and running a non-profit that supports socially responsible investing. Opera Frontier was hatched in Gail’s mind while daydreaming in Roger Dilahunty’s dance class instead of concentrating on the jazz-blues routines he so ardently wanted her to master. She has studied voice in the studios of Zachary Gordin, Abigail Nims and Heidi Moss. Her current passion for fabulous singing makes opera a truly fascinating frontier. A third generation Californian, Gail lives in the East Bay with her husband and their two lovely daughters.