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"The show was nearly stolen by Angela Renée Simpson as the cook Queenie, Joe's wife. Sassy and big-voiced with every word crystal-clear, Simpson well earned her two showpiece numbers, Queenie's Bally-Hoo and Hey Fellah!
- Lawrence A Johnson, Chicago Classical Review
"The highlight of the cast is soprano Angela Renée Simpson as the ship's big-hearted cook, Queenie. Simpson grounds Queenie with an affection for both young Magnolia and Queenie's husband, Joe, about whom she constantly complains. The haunting "Mis'ry's Comin' Around" fills the stage with foreboding; "Queenie's Ballyhoo" shows off her comic range.
- Lindsay Christians, Madison.com
"The scene stealer for the evening was Angela Renée Simpson (whose warm and belty mezzo cuts through the crowd in her showstopping "Queenie's Ballyhoo".
- Bob Bullen, Chicago Theatre Addict
"If only everyone could have been as complete an actor and singer as Angela Renée Simpson's Serena...her hair-raising, powerful voice flew through the grief-stricken aria and seared every winding melisma for its agony."
- Lloyd Dykk, The Vancouver Sun
"A special mention apart goes to Angela Renée Simpson (Serena), one of the most extraordinary voices we've heard from the stage of La Scala in recent times. Her performance (isolated for a moment) of "My Man's Gone Now" during the funeral of her husband, killed by Crown, touched all possible sentimental chords, her breathing, colors, and the vocal extension pouring out the shock to the soul...A proclamation of love resigned to everlasting loss, skillful and positive. At the end, Ms. Simpson was amassed in a flood of well deserved acclamation and applause...a showstopper."
- Nicola Salmoiraghi, L'Opera
"The chilling, soaring delivery of Angela Renée Simpson as Serena, was a moment that crystallized all the sorrows of the human condition and was a reminder as to why we have musicians and writers and opera."
- Dottie Ashley, The Post and Courier
"Angela Renée Simpson offers rich dramatic-soprano sound and incisive delivery as Serena; her "My Man's Gone Now" is properly wrenching.
- Eric Myers, Opera News
"Both physically and vocally, Angela Renée Simpson is a force to be reckoned with, dipping into a rich lower register then blazing on high."
- Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News
" This Aida performance was a success because of Angela Renée Simpson's huge voice in the title role."
- Bob Waters, Winston-Salem Journal
"Aida, soprano Angela Renée Simpson, sang her famous dramatic first aria, 'Ritorna vincitor'....with such dismay that she urged her beloved Radames to conquer her homeland. When she sang 'Nume, pieta', one of my favorite moments in the entire opera, she was achingly intimate as she intoned her prayer over the hushed tremolo of the Winston Salem Symphony's string section."
- Peter Perret, Classical Voice of North Carolina
"Still, special mention must go to the remarkable soprano Angela Renée simpson who sings Serena. Could a voice be any richer or velvety? Could her strength and range be any more spectacular? Simpson's rendition of "My Man's Gone Now" is positively mind-blowing, yet she remains a marvelously understated actor, capapble of showing emotion just in the way she holds herself. When will we see more of her?"
- Kate Wingfield, Metro Weekly