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American tenor Hugh Smith has been heralded at the great opera houses of Europe as well as the important opera houses and concert halls of the United States. February 2008 marked his debut with the Israeli Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta as Don Carlo, about which the Israeli critics wrote "The phenomenal voice of Hugh Smith in the principal role of Don Carlo takes the audience aback. Smith, a heroic tenor, does wonders with his voice from every point of view, either forceful or brilliant." Ha'aretz. Hugh Smith has sung with the Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Miami, and San Diego Operas as well as with the opera houses of Paris, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Geneva, Tokyo, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Bologna and Lyon.

Most recent engagements include La Forza del Destino at la Monnaie, Jenufa in Marseilles, Il Tabarro in Warsaw, Mefistofele, in Tel Aviv and the Beethoven Symphony #9 in Sao Paolo. He will make his Metropolitan Opera debut in Carmen, Tosca and Stiffelio, Aida and Ernani in Tel Aviv and a return to Marseilles for Wozzeck. Other recent engagements include role debuts in La Forza del Destino and La Gioconda in Tel Aviv, Lohengrin and Ein Florentinische Tragdie with Opera Lyon, I Pagliacci with Opera Nancy, Norma with Netherlands Opera, Mazeppa with Welsh National Opera and La Fanciulla del West with the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

In Europe, he has appeared with the Opera de Paris in Don Carlo, Theatre du Chatelet in Arabella, Les Troyens and Lelio, Bayerische Staatsoper in Manon Lescaut, Teatro San Carlo in Madama Butterfly, Teatro Communale di Bologna in Attila, Geneva and Berlin Staatsoper in Norma, with the Deutsche Oper Berlin in Un Ballo in Maschera and with the Orchestre de Paris as Benvenuto Cellini, the Liceu of Barcelona in Manon Lescaut, the BBC Philharmonic in the Verdi Requiem, the Concertgebouw for Bruckner's Te Deum and Manon Lescaut and Mahler's Symphony No. 8 and Dvorak's Stabat Mater in the Grand Canary Islands.

Opera performances in the U.S. have included Jenufa and Attila with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Manon Lescaut, Il Trovatore and Eugene Onegin with Opera Pacific, Madama Butterfly With San Francisco Opera and Houston Grand Opera and Carmen with Opera Company of Philadelphia and Michigan Opera Theatre.

On the U.S concert stage he has sung with the Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall in Nabucco and Giovanna d'Arco, at Avery Fisher Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra in Die Liebe der Danae and Le Roi Arthur as well as guest appearances with the St. Louis, Puerto Rico and Pacific Symphony’s and the Dayton and Fort Wayne Philharmonics. Mr. Smith has appeared under the batons of Marco Armiliato, Maurizio Benini, Richard Bonynge, Leon Botstein, James Conlon, Sir Andrew Davis, John DeMain, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Christoph Eschenbach, Asher Fisch, John Eliot Gardiner, Zubin Mehta, Eduardo Muller, Steven Sloane and Simone Young among others.




Bellini                                                 Norma                                    Pollione

Beethoven                                        Fidelio                                    Florestan

Berlioz                                                Benvenuto Cellini               Cellini

                                                            Les Troyens                          Aeneas

Britten                                                Peter Grimes                         Grimes”

Bizet                                                   Carmen                                 Don Jose

Boito                                                   Mefistofele                            Faust 

Janacek                                             Jenufa                                   Laca

Ponchielli                                          La Gioconda                         Enzo

Puccini                                              La Fanciulla del West         Dick Johnson

Madama Butterfly                Pinkerton

                                                            Manon Lescaut                    Des Grieux

                                                            Tosca                                     Cavaradossi

                                                            Turandot                                Calaf

Verdi                                                   Un Ballo in Maschera         Riccardo

                                                            Don Carlo                              Don Carlo

                                                            La Forza del Destino           Alvaro

                                                            Otello                                      Otello

                                                            Il Trovatore                            Manrico

Strauss                                              Aridane auf Naxos              Bacchus*

Die Frau ohne Shatten       Kaiser *

                                                            Die Liebe der Danae           Midas

Tchaikovsky                                      Mazeppa                                Andrei

Wagner                                              Lohengrin                             Lohengrin

                                                            Fliegende Hollander           Erik

                                                            Tannhauser                          Tannhauser*


                                                            *in preparation