Roy cornelius Smith

Roy cornelius Smith

Dramatic/Heroic Tenor (Heldentenor)

Turandot-Vienna (Nov. 2006)"Triumphs like this are one in a million." Musical America"
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«"I think we could witness last night the birth of a new and promising Wagner tenor.I was thrilled by both your Siegmund (even better than two years ago) and your Siegfried! Ideal voice both for the heroic passages as well as the more pensive ones and a perfect command of the German language.Congratulations!!! And do go on!»
Facebook Message (2017)
«Roy Cornelius Smith has focused his career in Europe, where he is most in demand as Calàf. (He was performing the role in Berlin when one of Bregenz's three Chéniers withdrew during rehearsals and Smith was flown in to replace him.) A few kilos lighter than when last seen in these parts, he has now crossed into the dramatic repertoire, his voice darkening and gaining power, but without loss of its inherent sweetness and trumpet-like metallic top. Creating a vivid, charismatic character, Smith excelled in the role's two big arias, particularly an impassioned, ringing improvviso.»
Opera News (2017)
«Roy Cornelius Smith (Turiddu/CANIO) is a skilled actor who understands his character and manages to portray him as more than an insensitive egoist driven by hormones and pride. With a dramatic tenor voice that has dark overtones, Smith had the stamina to last the evening in the demanding roles of Turiddu and Canio (Pagliacci). His voice attained a metallic persistence at the heights of anger, his eyes bulged and flashed, his body language became aggressive, and he led us into very tragic endings.»
Concertonet.com (2017)
2016Halévy: La JuiveEléazar
2016Puccini: ToscaMario Cavaradossi
2015Verdi: OtelloOtello
2015Puccini: Manon LescautChevalier des Grieux
2015Beethoven: FidelioFlorestan
2015Puccini: TurandotCalaf
2012Leoncavallo: PagliacciCanio
2012Mascagni: Cavalleria RusticanaTuriddu
2011Puccini: La Fanciulla del WestDick Johnson
2011Giordano: Andrea ChénierAndrea Chénier
2000Boito: MefistofeleFaust
2000Henze: The BassaridsDionysus/Voice/Stranger
2000Puccini: ToscaMario Cavaradossi
2000Verdi: Don CarloDon Carlos
2000Puccini: Madama ButterflyPinkerton
2000Verdi: AidaRadamès


American tenor Roy Cornelius Smith has established himself among the ranks of the finest tenors of his generation through his voice of exceptional color and beauty, his compelling dramatic interpretations, and outstanding musicianship. He has already been heard on some of the world's great operatic stages including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Deutsche Oper
Berlin, Salzburger Festspiele, Norwegian National Opera, Royal Danish Opera, and the New Israeli Opera. He has also appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice, Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, to name but a few.

During his tenure as an ensemble member with the Nationaltheater Mannheim, Mr. Smith appeared as Calaf, Cavaradossi, Don Jose, Sigmund in Der Ring an einem Abend, Pinkerton, Turiddu, Canio and Otello with Krassimira Stoyanova conducted by Dan Ettinger. He also premiered numerous new productions including Dick Johnson in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West directed by Tilman Knabe, the title role in Don Carlo directed by Jens-Daniel Herzog, Max in Der Freischütz directed by Armin Holz, Hagenbach in La Wally directed by Tilman Knabe, Dionysus in The Bassarids by Henze directed by
Frank Hilbrich, and Eléazar in La Juive directed by Peter Konwitschny.

During the 2015/16 season, he returned to the roster of the Metropolitan Opera as Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut and returned last season for Fidelio. He also performed Faust in Boito's Mefistofele with Teatro del Giglio di Lucca and Radames in Mannheim and returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin for performances of Calaf. This season includes Siegfried in Der Ring an einem Abend and Canio in Mannheim and Otello in Copenhagen.

Recent performances include Florestan in a new production of Fidelio directed by Markus Bothe and
conducted by Julia Jones; Canio in I Pagliacci with the Norwegian National Opera and Opera Las Palmas; his debut with the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen where he sang Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, directed by Kasper Holten and Canio in I Pagliacci, directed by Paul Curran under the baton of Stefano Ranzani; Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West with Lyric Opera of Chicago opposite Deborah Voigt, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis; the title role in Andrea Chenier at the Bregenzer Festspiele; Des Grieux in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at Oper Graz; Calaf in Turandot with New Orleans Opera opposite Lise Lindstrom and Deutsche Oper Berlin opposite Maria Guleghina; Dick Johnson in La fanciulla del West with Nashville Opera; Haman in Esther with New York City Opera; Radames in Aida with Opera Birmingham, Erik in Der fliegende Holländer with New Orleans Opera, and Pollione in Norma at the Chautauqua Institution.

A past winner of the New York Metropolitan Opera Auditions, his international debut occurred in 1998 at the prestigious Salzburger Festspiele, where he sang Fatty, the Bookkeeper, in Kurt Weill's Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny. (Available on Kultur DVD/Video with Catherine Malfitano and Dame Gwyneth Jones, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies). Later that same season he reprised the role in English for the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Mr. Smith hails from Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and received both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music from the University of Tennessee and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the American Conservatory of Music and currently resides in Vienna Austria.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Halévy: La Juive Eléazar 1 week Nationaltheater Mannheim und Nationaltheater-Orchester Mannheim 2016
Puccini: Tosca Mario Cavaradossi 24 hours Nationaltheater Mannheim und Nationaltheater-Orchester Mannheim 2016
Verdi: Otello Otello 24 hours Nationaltheater Mannheim und Nationaltheater-Orchester Mannheim 2015
Puccini: Manon Lescaut Chevalier des Grieux 24 hours The Metropolitan Opera 2015
Beethoven: Fidelio Florestan No Volksoper Wien 2015