Reginald Smith, Jr.
Manager: Michael Benchetrit
Management Territory: Worldwide
"Musically, the performance was dominated by baritone Reginald Smith, Jr. as Almaviva, and not only because he had the largest physique of the singers. He also produced an enormous sound to go with the frame, enough, probably, to shake the rafters of nearby buildings. What counted even more was how beautifully controlled through the registers that sound was, and how the application of many a subtle inflection gave his phrasing communicative weight. Smith's finely detailed account of his Act III aria proved to be a show-stopper, his hushed delivery of the Count's plea for forgiveness a time-stopper." Tim Smith, Opera News, September 2015
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 Requiems, Schubert’s Mass
in G, Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon Bonaparte, Handel’s Messiah, and Roméo et Juliette by
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.