Acclaimed by Opera News as a "standout...with a breathtakingly lush voice," American bass, Brent Michael Smith, is a rising star who has attracted the attention of companies across the United States.
Brent makes his mainstage debut with the Santa Fe Opera in the summer of 2018. He will be singing Lakai in Ariadne auf Naxos, while participating in the esteemed Apprentice Artist program.
In the Fall of 2017, Brent joined the roster of resident artists at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where he is studying with Bill Schuman. He will sing Fafner in Das Rheingold and Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos. He also made 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.
Brent debuted with The Glimmerglass Festival as Ariodate in Xerxes, in the summer of 2017. He also starred as The Commentator in Derrick Wang's Scalia/Ginsburg.
Brent recently finished his time as a Resident Artist at Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT). His roles at MOT in the 2016-17' 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 and Central City Opera.
Brent is a Third Place winner in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2018) and a first-place winner of the Grand Rapids Opera Competition (2012).
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