A native of North Carolina and a Ryan Opera Center member, the bass-baritone will appear at Lyric this season as Baron Douphol/La traviata (for Celebrating Plácido). Smoak has been heard with many companies nationwide, with particular success at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (Colline/La bohème, King of Hearts/U.S. premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland, Pirate King/The Pirates of Penzance, Masetto/Don Giovanni, Antonio/The Marriage of Figaro, Second Soldier/Salome). He has appeared in concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (L’enfant et les sortilèges, Pelléas et Mélisande, Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting) and onstage at Boston Lyric Opera (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Palm Beach Opera (Otello, Don Giovanni, Carmen), Sarasota Opera (La bohème, The Crucible), Opera Omaha (Carmen, The Magic Flute, Fidelio), Opera North, Opera Charleston, Opera Roanoke, Annapolis Opera, and DuPage Opera Theatre. Smoak made his international debut at Ireland’s prestigious Wexford Festival Opera in The Ghosts of Versailles and Donizetti’s Maria Padilla, returning for Smetana’s The Kiss and Pergolesi’s La serva padrona. Bradley Smoak is sponsored by The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.
Previously at Lyric: Ten roles since 2014|15, most recently Zuniga/Carmen; Bandit Chief/Don Quichotte, Ghost of Hector/Les Troyens (all 2016|17); Waiter/Der Rosenkavalier (2015|16).
Last updated: February 11, 2017