Roy Cornelius Smith amerikansk tenor

American tenor Roy Cornelius Smith has established himself among the ranks of the finest tenors of his generation through his voice of exceptional color and beauty, his compelling dramatic interpretations, and outstanding musicianship. The tenor has already been heard on some of the world’s great operatic stages including the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg Festival, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Vienna Volksoper, and the New Israeli Opera. He has also appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice, Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, to name but a few.

This season, Mr. Smith returns to the Nationaltheater Mannheim, where he will be heard as Hagenbach in a new production of La Wally, Don Jose, Otello, Calaf, Turiddu, and Canio. He also appears as Florestan in Fidelio in Vienna and in Trondheim, his role debut as Faust in Boito’s Mefistofele.

Last season, Mr. Smith returned to the Voksoper in Vienna for his role debut of Floerstan in Fidelio conducted by Julia Jones and appeared at Nationaltheater Mannheim as Calaf, Cavaradossi, Dick Johnson in a new production premiere of Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, and as Des Grieux in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at Oper Graz for his debut in that theater.  It also included his role debut of Don Carlo in a new production of Don Carlos at Nationaltheater Mannheim directed by Jens-Daniel Herzog and Max in Der Freischutz.  In addition to his debut with the Norwegian National Opera and Opera Las Palmas as Canio in I Pagliacci.

​Other performances include his debut with the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen where he sang  Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, directed by Kasper Holten and Canio in I Pagliacci, directed by Paul Curran under the baton of Stefano Ranzani; Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West with Lyric Opera of  Chicago opposite Deborah Voigt, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis; the title role in Andrea Chenier at the Bregenzer Festspiele; Calaf in Turandot with New Orleans Opera opposite Lise Lindstrom and Deutsche Oper in  Berlin opposite Maria Guleghina; Dick Johnson in La fanciulla del West with Nashville Opera; Haman in Esther with New York City Opera; Radames in Aida with Opera Birmingham, Erik in Der fliegende Holländer with New Orleans Opera, and Pollione in Norma at the Chautauqua Institution.

​Mr. Smith hails from Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music from the University of Tennessee and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the American Conservatory of Music and currently resides in Vienna Austria.

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