Brent Michael Smith-Bass
Acclaimed by Opera News as a "standout," the young American bass, Brent Michael Smith, is a rising star whose rich voice and dynamic stage presence have attracted the attention of companies across the United States.
This Fall, Brent joins the roster of resident artists at the esteemed Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where he will study with Bill Schuman. He will sing Fafner in Das Rheingold. He also makes his debut with Arizona Opera singing The God of Evil and Procrustes in Hercules vs. Vampires, a new score by Patrick Morganelli that is synchornized to the 1961 cult classic film Hercules in the Haunted World.
This summer, Brent made his mainstage debut with The Glimmerglass Festival as Ariodate in Xerxes. He also is starred as The Commentator in Derrick Wang's Scalia/Ginsburg, which featured a talk back by the notorious RBG herself.
Brent recently finished his time as a Resident Artist at Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT). His roles at MOT this past season included: Zuniga in Carmen, the British Major in the Pulitzer Prize winning opera, Silent Night, by Kevin Puts, Friedrich Bhaer in Little Women, Ashby in La fanciulla del West and Marquis de Brisaille in David DiChiera's Cyrano. In February 2017, Brent made his debut with Toledo Opera, performing Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro.
During his first season ('15-'16) as a Resident Artist with MOT, Brent made his debut as Colline in La bohème. Other notable roles that season were the Second SS Officer in The Passenger, Grandpa Moss in The Tender Land, the Doctor in Macbeth and the Speaker in The Magic Flute.
As a former Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera, his performance as Billy Jackrabbit in La fanciulla del West received critical acclaim from Opera News as well as Colorado Music Buzz, who praised him for “making the most of his brief appearances.”
In May of 2015, Brent sang Harry Hopkins in the world premiere of Daron Hagen’s A Woman in Morocco, as a part of Kentucky Opera’s American Opera Initiative. Brent has also been a young artist with Sarasota Opera, Central City Opera and with Des Moines Metro Opera where Colorado Music Buzz praises him for "making the most of his brief appearances" as Billy Jackrabbit in La fanciulla del West.
In 2014, Brent sang Jim Larkens in Kentucky Opera’s production of La fanciulla del West as well as Doctor Grenvil in La traviata. In the summer of 2014, Brent made his professional operatic debut with Central City Opera as an Apprentice Artist, singing Antonio in their production of Le nozze di Figaro.
Brent is a first-place winner of the Grand Rapids Opera Competition (2012).