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Robert Dean Smith



Robert Dean Smith in action.
Robert Dean Smith as Tenor / Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos, The Royal Opera © ROH / Clive Barda 2008

American-Swiss tenor Robert Dean Smith made his Royal Opera debut in 2000 as Walther von Stolzing (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) and has since sung Boris Grigorjevič (Kát’a Kabanová), Lohengrin and Tenor/Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos).

Smith was born in Kansas and studied at Pittsburg State University and the Juilliard School. He began his career as a baritone, switching to tenor after several years singing lyric baritone repertory in German opera houses. He is now particularly acclaimed for his interpretations of Wagner heroes, engagements including Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Walther, Tristan, Siegmund (Die Walküre) and Parsifal for such companies as Bavarian State Opera, Vienna State Opera, Paris Opéra, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Berlin State Opera, San Francisco Opera, Teatro Real, Madrid, Liceu, Barcelona, and Zürich Opera. He has sung Walther, Tristan, Lohengrin and Siegmund for Bayreuth Festival. His other roles include Florestan (Fidelio), Don Alvaro (La forza del destino), Radames (Aida), Otello, Andrea Chénier, Des Grieux (Manon Lescaut), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Paul (Die tote Stadt) and Emperor (Die Frau ohne Schatten).

Smith sings regularly in concert with such orchestras as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Staatskapelle Berlin, in repertory including the Missa solemnis, The Dream of Gerontius, Das Lied von der Erde and Gurre-Lieder.