Reginald SmithA 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.” The 2015-2016 season saw Mr. Smith’s company debut with Toledo Opera as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra as bass soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra as a guest soloist, the Nashville Symphony as bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah and his return to Houston Symphony for their Very Merry Pops Concert. 

Engagements for the 2014-2015 included Bonzo in Madame Butterfly with Cincinnati Opera and Houston Grand Opera, Speaker in Magic Flute with Houston Grand Opera and Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with the Wolf Trap Opera. In concert, he performed in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, in the holiday pops concert with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and in Berlioz's Romeo and Juliet with the Boise Philharmonic. 

Operatic highlights include Die Fledermaus (Falke), La Traviata (Germont), Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette (Capulet/Le Duc), Porgy and Bess (Jake/Lawyer Frazier), The Pirates of Penzance (The Pirate King) and Rigoletto (Marullo). The concert stage has Mr. Smith in performances of Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem, 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 and Handel’s Messiah

In addition to receiving recognition from the Dallas Opera Guild 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, Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition: Top Prize, and received a 2015 Sarah Tucker Study Grant. For more information, please visit www.reginaldsmithjr.com.