Timothy Todd Simmons
San Diego Opera
No one is more "behind the scenes" than an opera company's chorus master (although at openings he sometimes takes a bow in a tux). But his role is a crucial one, for training and rehearsing the chorus makes a crucial contribution to the success of an operatic production. All those peasants or soldiers or boyars or gypsies, moving around the stage in their exotic costumes and acting up a storm, are at the same time singing their hearts out, and they have to be guided with firm musicianship to cope with music that is sometimes difficult. San Diego Opera's chorus master since 1997 has been Timothy Todd Simmons, and the quality of his work has been audible in the performances he has drawn from the singers of the chorus, time after time. He came originally from Indiana University, where he sang, played piano, studied choral conducting, conducted, coached singers, and accompanied vocal recitals. If you have attended San Diego Opera's productions of The Barber of Seville, Madama Butterfly, The Marriage of Figaro, Falstaff, Lohengrin, La Boheme, or numerous other operas, your pleasure has been enhanced by Simmons's expertise.