American baritone, Morgan Smith, begins Season 2016-17 by returning to the role of Sharpless Madama Butterfly at Kentucky Opera. He continues to Dallas Opera to revive his highly-lauded portrayal of the First Mate Starbuck in Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick, a role he sang in the original production in Dallas in 2010, and also at San Diego Opera, San Francisco Opera and last season, at Los Angeles Opera. Back on dry land, Mr Smith travels to Oper Leipzig for a repeat appearance as Marcello La Boheme. The artist joins Arizona Opera to inaugurate the role of villain John Lassiter in the world wide premiere of Riders of the Purple Sage and appears in concert with San Antonio Symphony.
Highlights of last season include his debut as Sharpless Madama Butterfly at Opera de Montreal; he joined Baltimore Symphony to sing the title role in their Don Giovanni highlights with Markus Stenz and appeared in the role in a fully staged production at Arizona Opera. At Seattle Opera he played the Count Le Nozze di Figaro; and made his debut as the Four Villains Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Madison Opera, a resounding critical success.
Other past successes include the role of Escamillo Carmen at Vancouver Opera which he also sang at Pittsburgh Opera; he joined Seattle Symphony for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and travelled to San Diego Opera to sing the role of Marcello La Boheme before returning to San Francisco to join the Gay Men’s Chorus at Davies Hall to revive the role of Manfred in Jake Heggie’s For a Look or a Touch, a role he previously inaugurated for the world premiere of the piece. He sang the title role Don Giovanni at Austin’s Lyric Opera, and the role of Aaron in Ricky Ian Gordon’s Morning Star at Cincinnati Opera for which he won outstanding reviews.
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