Lyric Opera of Chicago

Bradley Smoak


Photo by Devon Cass.

First-year bass Bradley Smoak has been heard with numerous companies nationwide, with particular success at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (King of Hearts/American premiere of Unsuk Chin's Alice in Wonderland, Pirate King/The Pirates of Penzance, Masetto/Don Giovanni, Antonio/Le nozze di Figaro, and Second Soldier/Salome). He has also performed with Boston Lyric Opera (Les contes d'Hoffmann), Opera North (Die Zauberflöte, Madama Butterfly), Palm Beach Opera (Otello, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, Carmen), Sarasota Opera (La bohème, The Crucible), Opera Charleston (Escamillo/Carmen opposite Denyce Graves), Opera Omaha, Opera Roanoke, Annapolis Opera, DuPage Opera Theatre, and Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice. Smoak holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in music theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University. He made his international operatic debut at Ireland's Wexford Festival Opera as Suleyman Pasha/The Ghosts of Versailles and Don Alfonso di Pardo/Donizetti's Maria Padilla. He later returned to Wexford as Matouš/Smetana's The Kiss. A native of Cary, North Carolina, Smoak appears in Lyric Opera productions of Capriccio, Tosca and The Passenger.

Bradley Smoak is sponsored by The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.


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