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Opera Frontier delights both opera fans and opera-phobes. We revere opera. We faithfully excerpt from traditional scores and strive for technically excellent singing. But beyond that, we take outrageous liberties in the service of engaging our audience in unexpected ways . . . through radical changes of context and casting, through the introduction of elements from dance, popular culture, contemporary beat, and narrative. In this way, Opera Frontier redefines the way an audience experiences this glorious music.


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Opera Frontier's Troupe of "choreographable" classically-trained singers perform its portable revue throughout the Bay Area and Northern California. To discuss featuring OFT at your event or for more information, contact

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  • Gail Simpson (Producer, Artistic Director, Soprano) Gail is grateful for the soulful work of singing. She appeared as Clotilde in Pippin Pocket Opera's 2012 production of Norma. Prior career favorites include Cunegonde (Candide), the Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Bach's Hunting Cantata, and creating 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 have put an eclectic array of bullet points on her resume, including 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.

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