A Grand Finals winner of the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a recent graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, baritone Reginald Smith, Jr. has been praised by the New York Times as “a passionate performer" and by Opera News for his “powerful and attractive voice." In the 2016 - 2017 season, Mr. Smith will make his company debut with Opera Memphis as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Dallas Opera as Bonzo in Madame Butterfly, and Opera Carolina as Giorgo Germont in La Traviata. He will join the Toledo Symphony Orchestra as guest soloist in Christmas at the Peristyle and Bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah, and he will join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as the Bass soloist for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. In addition to operatic and symphonic works, Mr. Smith will make his New York City recital debut this spring with Soprano, Amber Wagner, on the George London Foundation Recital Series.
Previous operatic highlights include La Boheme (Marcello), Die Fledermaus (Falke), Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette (Capulet), Porgy and Bess (Jake/Lawyer Frazier), The Pirates of Penzance (The Pirate King), and Rigoletto (Marullo) among others. The concert stage has Mr. Smith in performances of Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, the Fauré and Duruflé Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in G, Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon Bonaparte, Handel’s Messiah, and Roméo et Juliette by Berlioz.
Mr. Smith has been seen in performances with Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Cincinnati Opera, Toledo Opera, and Houston Grand Opera. In concert, Mr. Smith has performed with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, Lexington Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony Orchestra (GA), Johnson City Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, and the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, at Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Russia, among others.
In addition to receiving recognition from the Dallas Opera Guild Competition, the Mildred Miller International Vocal Competition, and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Vocal Competition, Mr. Smith has won first place in the National Opera Association Competition: Scholarship Division, Orpheus Vocal Competition: Young Artist Division, George London Vocal Competition: Top Prize (George London Award), Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition: Top Prize, received a 2015 Sarah Tucker Study Grant, and he has received a 2016 Career Grant from the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation.
He is an alumnus of the Seagle Music Colony, the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center, the Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar, the Gerdine Young Artist program at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and of the Filene Young Artist Program at Wolf Trap Opera. He is an Atlanta, GA native, a product of DeKalb School of the Arts, a life-long member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, and is proud alumnus of the University of Kentucky, where he earned a Bachelors of Music degree in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor's of Music degree in Choral Music Education (K-12).