Acclaimed by Opera News as a "standout...with a breathtakingly lush voice," American bass, Brent Michael Smith, is grateful to sing and perform on the world stages.
He joins the Ensemble at Opernhaus Zürich in 2021-22 after having spent the past year in the International Opera Studio (IOS). While in the IOS, Brent sang a Jesuit in Barrie Kosky’s new production of Boris Godounovwith Kirill Karabits conducting as well as Pietro in Andreas Homoki’s new production of Simon Boccanegra under the baton of Fabio Luisi, before the pandemic forced the rest of the season to be cancelled.
In his first season with the Zürich Ensemble, Brent will sing Lorenzo inI Capuleti e i Montecchi, a revival as Pietro in Simon Boccanegra, Sparafucile inRigoletto, Count Lamoral inArabella and Pistola in Falstaff.
In 2019, Brent debuted with Opera Philadelphia (OP) under the baton of Corrado Rovaris, singing Peter Quince in a remount of Robert Carsen's classic production of Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Brent returned to OP as a part of the Festival O19 to sing Tchélio in The Love For Three Oranges conducted by Corrado Rovaris and directed by Alessandro Talevi. Other company debuts came in 2017 with Toledo Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival and Arizona Opera.
Brent has worked with several composers and he enjoys creating new characters and helping introduce new works to audiences. Contemporary highlights include singing Harry Hopkins in the world premiere of Daron Hagen’sA Woman in Moroccoin 2015 at Kentucky Opera, the Commentator in Derrick Wang’s revised Scalia/Ginsburgat The Glimmerglass Festival in 2017 and covering Drokan in Poul Ruder’s The Thirteenth Child world premiere at The Santa Fe Opera.
Brent graduated from The Academy of Vocal Arts in Spring 2020, having been a Resident Artist there beginning in 2017. During his time there, he performed many roles, recitals and sacred concerts. Some of his biggest successes were singing Balthazar in Donizetti’s La favorite (2020), Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro (2019), Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette, and Fafner in Das Rheingold (2018).
From 2015-2017, Brent, born and raised in Michigan, was a Resident Artist in Michigan Opera Theatre’s inaugural residency program under the direction of Richard Leech. Notable performances were as Colline in La bohème, Grandpa Moss in The Tender Land,Friedrich Bhaer in Little Women and Ashby inLa fanciulla del West.
Brent is a former young artist with The Santa Fe Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Des Moines Metro Opera, Central City Opera, Kentucky Opera and Sarasota Opera. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with his Masters in Music in Vocal Performance and from Hope College with his Bachelors in Music in Piano Performance.
Brent was a National Semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2020) and an award recipient of the Zachary L. Loren Society (2019), the Young Patronesses of the Opera Competition (2019), the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition (2019), the Opera Index Competition (2018), the Opera Birmingham International Competition (2018) the Grand Rapids Opera Competition (2012).
Brent Michael Smith - Bass