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. Next season, he returns to the Metropolitan Opera to perform in the smash-hit The Enchanted Island and to tackle Richard Strauss’s masterpiece Die Frau ohne Schatten. This will mark Tyler’s fourth consecutive season at the company, where he has worked on 15 productions and sung 44 performances thus far. In the current season, Tyler sang (and danced) alongside Juan Diego Flòrez and Nathan Gunn in Rossini’s hilarious Le Comte Ory. He also covered roles in Verdi’s Don Carlo and La Traviata. He joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in the 2010-2011 season, making his debut in Verdi’s Don Carlo. For the company, he has also covered roles in La Traviata, Simon Boccanegra, Anna Bolena, and Billy Budd.
The 2013-2014 season brings Tyler back to Atlanta Opera, where he will sing the Sacristan in Tosca, following his house debut as Zuniga in their 2012 production of Carmen. In the 2012-2013 season Tyler also made his European debut with Die Münchner Philharmoniker, under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel, singing Benoit in La Bohème.
In 2011, Tyler 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 Mo. Maazel, where he appeared as Simone in Gianni Schicchi, Mother in Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins, and Benoit in La Bohème. In 2012, Tyler returned to the Castleton Festival in 2012 to sing Dr. Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Tyler 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.
Tyler was selected to participate as an Apprentice Artist at Santa Fe Opera for two consecutive seasons in 2007-8, 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 2007-8 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. Tyler received his Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Kansas, where he studied with Dr. John Stephens.