Richard Simpson first sang on a Boston stage in Harvard’s Iolanthe over 40 years ago. Since then, his opera and musical theater performances include roles in Rigoletto with the Boston Lyric Opera, Don Giovanni with Longwood Opera, and Arabella and H.M.S. Pinafore with Opera Boston. New England oratorio appearances include Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C minor with the Cantata Singers, Schubert’s Mass in A flat major with the Back Bay Chorale, Bach’s Cantata BWV 63 and Mozart’s Requiem with the Nashoba Valley Chorale, and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the Harvard Summer School Chorus.
Mr. Simpson joined Cantata Singers in 1998, and has performed 20th century French songs at the Gardner Museum, the Longy School, and live on WGBH as part of the Cantata Singers Chamber series. Since moving to New Hampshire, he has been a tenor soloist with the chamber orchestra on Monadnock Music’s “Fall Foliage” program and in Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity with the Monadnock Chorus. A graduate of Harvard, he was a New England finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions.
Mr. Simpson is an independent management consultant. Previously, he has been an executive of high technology companies, a member of two strategy consulting firms, and developed new relationships for a wealth management firm. He was CEO of a venture-backed provider of parallel processing systems for manufacturing, and has been a board member of eight entrepreneurial companies, two of which he managed as interim CEO.
From 2009–2015, he was a trustee of the Concord (NH) Community Music School, which serves over 1,500 students weekly; during this tenure, he was Chair and then Treasurer for two years each. In his parishes, he has served as Senior Warden, Treasurer, Clerk, Eucharistic Minister, vestry member, and co-leader of two search committees, in addition to teaching and singing. He is currently serving on Cantata Singers board as treasurer.
Mr. Simpson is married to the conductor Johanna Hill Simpson. They have three sons, two daughters-in-law, one granddaughter, two dogs, one cat, and together manage the Music on Norway Pond concert series in New Hampshire. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.