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Adrian Smith

Baritone

With a deep, rich tone and commanding stage presence, baritone Adrian N. Smith is establishing himself as a rising young opera star. Of a recent performance of La fanciulla del West, critics hailed “Adrian Smith’s well-voiced Larkens was memorably affecting.” This summer, he returned to Santa Fe Opera as a part of their Apprentice Artist program performing the roles of Larkens in La fanciulla del West, Friar Jean in Roméo et Juliette, Major Domo in Capriccio, and for their production of Vanessa. Next, he will play Lycos in Hercules vs. Vampires with North Carolina Opera, Alidoro in Cenerentola with El Paso Opera, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore with Ashville Lyric Opera, and will perform the Bass Solo in Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL.

Jul
2016

Jul-01
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Aug-27
La fanciulla Del West
Larkens
Santa Fe Opera
Santa Fe, NM
Jul-16
to
Aug-25
Roméo et Juliette
Friar Jean
Santa Fe Opera
Santa Fe, NM
Jul-23
to
Aug-19
Capriccio
Major Domo
Santa Fe Opera
Santa Fe, NM
Jul-30
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Aug-24
Vanessa
Santa Fe Opera
Santa Fe, NM
Oct
2016

Oct-30
to
Oct-31
Hercules vs. Vampires
Lycos
North Carolina Opera
Raleigh, NC
Feb
2017

Feb-25
to
Feb-26
Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette
Bass Soloist
Lynn University
Boca Raton, FL
Mar
2017

Mar-23
to
Mar-25
Cenerentola
Alidoro
El Paso Opera
El Paso, TX
Jul
2017

Jul-14
to
Jul-16
L’elisir d’amore
Dulcamara
Ashville Lyric Opera
Ashville, NC
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…resigned gravity…
 Capriccio – “Adrian Smith brought a resigned gravity in the Major-Domo” – OperaToday 
…memorably affecting…
La fanciulla del West – “Adrian Smith’s well-voicedLarkens was memorably affecting” – OperaToday 
…a fine characterization…
Barber of Seville – “Likewise, Smith’s Basilio was charming in “La calunnia è un venticello” and LaFontaine’s rendition of “A un dottor della mia sorte” was a fine characterization of the over-protective guardian.” CVNC
With a deep, rich tone and commanding stage presence, baritone Adrian N. Smith is establishing himself as a rising young opera star. Of a recent performance of La fanciulla del West, critics hailed “Adrian Smith’s well-voiced Larkens was memorably affecting.” This summer, he returned to Santa Fe Opera as a part of their Apprentice Artist program performing the roles of Larkens in La fanciulla del West, Friar Jean in Roméo et Juliette, Major Domo in Capriccio, and for their production of Vanessa. Next, he will play Lycos in Hercules vs. Vampires with North Carolina Opera, Alidoro in Cenerentola with El Paso Opera, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore with Ashville Lyric Opera, and will perform the Bass Solo in Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL.

In recent seasons, Smith performed Zuniga in Carmen with El Paso Opera, Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel with Western Piedmont Symphony, Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Asheville Lyric Opera, Colline in La bohème with Opera North, and Angelotti in a concert performance of Tosca with the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra amidst a wealth of début performances including King Arthur in a performance of Camelot at Glimmerglass Opera, Dr. Grenvil in Atlanta Opera’s La traviata, and The Dodo in the U.S. premiére of Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Additional credits include appearances as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, The Old Doctor in Vanessa, Frère Laurent in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, as Geronimo in Domenico Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto, as Marquis de la Force in Dialogues des carmélites, and in the title role of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale

On concert stages, Mr. Smith’s engagements include Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat and Mass in B Minor, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Haydn’s Paukenmesse, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, Händel’s Messiah and Dettingen Te Deum, and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor at Boston Symphony Hall.

A recent alumnus of Virginia Opera’s Emerging Artist Program, Smith’s assignments included Joseph Porter in Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, the title role in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, Zuniga in Carmen, Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos, and First Nazarene and Fifth Jew in Strauss’ Salome. Last summer, he joined Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist for productions of La fille du régiment, Salome, and the world première of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain, based on an epic Civil War novel of the same name by Charles Frazier.

Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Voice Performance Lenoir-Rhyne University, a Master of Music Degree in Voice Performance from Boston University, and was a member of the Boston University Opera Institute where he earned a Certificate in Opera Performance. He is an alumnus of the young artist training programs at Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Kentucky Opera. He was a prize winner in the NATS Regional Competition and the Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition, and in 2016, received 1st Place in the South Carolina District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

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