Robert Dean Smith TENOR

Since his spectacular debut at the Richard Wagner Bayreuth Festival 1997 as Walther von Stolzing in Die Meistersinger, Robert Dean Smith is singing in the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls.

An acclaimed interpreter of dramatic and Heldentenor roles, his engagements in theaters and concert halls around the world with the conductors Mehta, Pappano, Thielemann, Muti, Barenboim, Sawallisch, Boulez, von Dohnanyi, Haitink, Nagano and Gatti, confirm his status as one of today's most renowned singers.

At Bayreuth he has sung the title role of Tristan, Walther von Stolzing in Die Meistersinger, the title role of Lohengrin, and Siegmund in Die Walküre. He has performed with the Bavarian State Opera Munich (Meistersinger, Fidelio, Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Freischütz, Queen of Spades, Lohengrin), the Vienna State Opera (Tristan, Manon Lescaut, Meistersinger, Fidelio), La Scala Milan (Lohengrin, Fidelio, Tannhäuser), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Meistersinger, Fidelio, Lohengrin, Parsifal, Walküre, Tannhäuser), Dresden State Opera (Meistersinger, Carmen, Lohengrin, Daphne), Covent Garden London (Meistersinger, Lohengrin, Katja Kabanova), New National Theatre Tokyo (La Forza del Destino, Walküre), Los Angeles Opera (Frau ohne Schatten), San Francisco Opera (Meistersinger), Metropolitan Opera New York (Tristan, Ariadne auf Naxos, Madama Butterfly, Tosca) Teatro Real Madrid (Parsifal, Frau ohne Schatten), Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona (Parsifal, Ariadne auf Naxos), Hamburg State Opera (Queen of Spades), Maggio Musicale Florence (Meistersinger), Paris (Walküre, Die tote Stadt), Zürich (Meistersinger, Tannhäuser) and the Amsterdam Musiktheater (Meistersinger).

        He has performed in concert with the Symphony Orchestra of Bayerischer Rundfunk (Das Lied von der Erde by Mahler), Bayerische Staatsorchester Munich (Das Lied von der Erde), Royal Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam (Das Lied von der Erde, Kodaly's Psalmus Hungaricus, Beethoven 9th, Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex), the London Symphony Orchestra (The Dream of Gerontius by Elgar), the Philadelphia Orchestra (Missa Solemnis by Beethoven), the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rome (Dvorak Requiem, Walküre Act 1), the Staatskapella Berlin (Mahler's 8th Symphony), Orchestre de Paris (Beethoven 9th, concert version of Fidelio), Los Angeles Philharmonic (Beethoven 9th), Vienna Symphony (Beethoven 9th, Dvorak Stabat Mater), Hamburg Symphoniker (Opera Gala), Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin (Beethoven’s Christus am Ölberge), the SWR Radio Orchestra (Gurre-Lieder by Schönberg), Monte-Carlo Orchestre Philharmonique (concert version of Parsifal), and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (concert version of Lohengrin).

        Robert Dean Smith had the special honor of singing the tenor solo in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony for the 125th anniversary of the Bayreuth Festival in August 2001, in the Bayreuth Festspielhaus with the Festival Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Christian Thielemann. Robert Dean Smith’s CD recording on Arte Nova of Wagner scenes has been awarded the Orphée d’Or by the Académie du Disque Lyrique.

        Born in Kansas, USA, he studied at Pittsburg (Kansas) State University with Margaret Thuenemann, at the Juilliard School in New York City with Daniel Ferro, and with Professor Janice Harper in Europe. Like many dramatic tenors, he began his career as a baritone and sang for several years in German opera houses. His excellent training and stage versatility allow him to sing a wide variety of operas and concert repertoire in many different languages and styles.

Recent engagements are among others Ariadne and Madame Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera New York, a production of Ariadne under Christian Thielemann at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Vienna State Opera, Die tote Stadt in Bilbao, Tannhäuser and Ariadne auf Naxos at the Bavarian State Opera Munich, Lohengrin at the Semperoper Dresden and Tristan and Aida at the Opéra Bastille in Paris, Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Bavarian State Opera Munich, the debut as Otello in Oviedo, Tannhäuser and Fidelio at the Vienna State Opera.

Future engagements are among others Tristan in Helsinki, Ariadne auf Naxos at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, Götterdämmerung in Tokyo and Walküre in Vienna.