Marietta Simpson, whose deeply expressive, richly beautiful voice has made her one of the most sought-after mezzo-sopranos today, has sung with every major orchestra in the United States, under many of the world’s greatest conductors including Kurt Masur, Simon Rattle, Neville Mariner, Andre Previn, Leonard Slatkin, James Conlon, Helmut Rilling, Nicholas McGegan, Daniel Barenboim, Lorin Maazel, and the late Robert Shaw with whom she made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1988 as soloist in Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She has also sung with many of the major European orchestras including the Philharmonic orchestras of Prague, Berlin, and Vienna. Equally at home on the operatic stage, she has sung in many of the great opera houses of the world including the New York City Opera, La Fenice, La Scala, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Covent Garden, Houston Grand Opera, and Glyndebourne.
She has recorded extensive with the late Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. In 2005 she received Grammy recognition for her participation as alto soloist on the award winning recording of Bolcom’s Sons of Innocence and Experience conducted by Leonard Slatkin.
She currently maintains an active singing career as well as serving on the voice faculty at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.