Jodi Karem has performed with such companies as Center for Contemporary Opera, Florentine Opera, Cape Cod Opera, Opera Grand Avignon, Armel Opera Festival, Carnegie Hall, Long Leaf Opera, Springfield Regional Opera, Skylight Opera, Natchez Opera Festival, Apotheosis Opera and others. In 2023, Ms. Karem will perform with St. Pete Opera, covering the role of Leonore (Fidelio). Other roles include Alice Ford, Venus (Tannhaüser), Santuzza, Suzuki, Eboli, Carmen, Witch (Hansel & Gretel), Flora, and Ericka. Ms. Karem has extensive concert experience, performing concerts throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Recent concert performances include guest solo artist with the Athena Music Foundation in Dubai, UAE and with New York Dramatic Voices in excerpts from La Gioconda and La Fanciulla del West. Other performances include a recent performance at Carnegie Hall as a Soloist in Mozart's Vesperae solennes de confessore, as a soloist at Carnegie Hall in Mozart's Requiem, soloist in the Dayton Philharmonic's Messiah, as guest artists with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, as a soloist with the Louisville Orchestra, a concert and master class at Wabash College, as a soloist with the Palm Beach Theatre Guild, Waukegan Public Library Concert Series, Northwest Community Church Concert Series, and Carmen preview concerts with Florentine Opera in Milwaukee.
The 2022-2023 season will see Nicholas returning to Lincoln Center to sing Paolo Erisso in the heroic bel canto masterpiece Maometto II, and being featured as the title role of Wagner’s Lohengrin in a showcase with the Metropolitan Opera Guild and Wagner Society of New York, along with performances as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah in New York and in Washington DC.
In May of 2022, Nicholas made his debut at Carnegie Hall with the New England Symphonic Ensemble as the tenor soloist in Vaghan Williams’ Serenade to music, and Mozart’s Regina coeli and Missa brevis.
In the summer of 2021 Nicholas performed the role of Almaviva with Teatro Nuovo at New York’s Lincoln Center. A departure in repertoire for Mr Simpson, he was nevertheless widely lauded. Opera Wire’s Chris Ruel noted that Nicholas is a “fantastic young tenor at his best, combining compelling acting with technical virtuosity,” Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times relished in his “Bright sound and expansive lyricism... embellishments emanated from the melody and the mood,” while Opera News’ Judith Malafronte noted that ““Nicholas Simpson’s Count Almaviva grew in confidence over the evening, and his bright sound and winning music-making, as well as his impersonations, were a delight….the highlight of the evening.” These performances marked the triumphant first full length opera performances in New York since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.