In 2012, Angela Renée Simpson made her triumphant Chicago Lyric Opera debut as Queenie in their production of Rogers and Hammerstein's classic Show Boat. She also made her concert debut in Malta with Maestro Wayne Marshall.
The soprano made concert debuts in the 2011 in Florence and Milan, Italy; Reykjavik, Iceland; and in Stockholm, Sweden.
In 2009, she made her debut as Serena in Graz, Austria, in the opera Porgy and Bess at the Styriarte Festival with Maestro Nikoaus Harnoncourt. The performances were recorded live under the RCA Red Seal label. In 2008, the soprano also starred in the same role in Opéra Comique's premiere production in Paris, France. She sang with Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, La Scala Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Miami Opera, and NYC Opera. In 2005, she performed the role of Cilla in Michigan Opera Theatre's world premiere production of Margaret Garner, starring Denyce Graves. She repeated the role with Opera Carolina in 2006.
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