Morgan Smith

Baritone

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American baritone Morgan Smith, begins the 2017-18 season at Lyric Opera Kansas City in his title role debut of Eugene Onegin. He returns to the role of Joseph de Rocher Dead Man Walking at Kentucky Opera followed by performances of Handel Messiah with Kansas City Symphony.

Highlights of last season include returning to the role of Sharpless Madama Butterfly at Kentucky Opera.  He continued 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 traveled to Oper Leipzig for a repeat appearance as Marcello La bohème.  The artist joined Arizona Opera to inaugurate the role of vigilante hero John Lassiter in the world wide premiere of Riders of the Purple Sage and appeared in concert with San Antonio Symphony. Other engagements in 2017 included Joseph de Rocher Dead Man Walking at Opera on the Avalon and Beethoven Missa Solemnis at the Oregon Bach Festival.

Past highlights include Sharpless Madama Butterfly at Opèra de Montrèal; Baltimore Symphony in the title role of Don Giovanni highlights with Markus Stenz. He also 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.

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Eugene Onegin, Lyric Opera of Kansas City

October 2017

For Onegin, emphatically played by Morgan Smith, it was reversed, from aloof stranger to dismissive neighbor to groveling suitor. You believe his change of affection, but still side with Tatyana’s pragmatic and honorable decision.

The Kansas City Star, Libby Hanssen, 1 October 2017

It’s not often we get to have a baritone as the central figure, but Mr. Smith does an excellent job in taking the reins of the role.

Medium, Kelly Luck, 1 October 2017

Morgan Smith, baritone, takes on the titular role with a pompous and arrogant demeanour perfect for the cynical Onegin. His dark timbres provide an ageing quality to the young dandy that helps justify the jaded outlook that Onegin has toward the world and wonderfully compliments González’s youthful tone. In Onegin’s Sermon (“Were I a man whom fate intended”) Smith does well in keeping distance in his voice and not letting much emotion show as he rejects Tatyana’s letter, “the avowal of a trusting heart, the outpouring of an innocent love.” The contrast between the Onegin of the first two acts and the broken, regretful man in the final act is powerful. Smith lets himself fall completely into a tormented state of love, and one can hear the heartache in his voice as he declares his anguish in what is one of the most powerful and abrupt operatic endings.

Anthony Rodgers, 1 October 2017

Morgan Smith has a powerfully rich baritone...

Kansas City Independent, Paul Horsley, 2 October 2017

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Msmith Selected Reviews Rayfield Allied 2017

Morgan Smith’s Opera Repertoire

BEETHOVEN

Fidelio (Don Pizarro)

BIZET

Carmen (Escamillo)
Les pêcheurs de perles (Zurga)

BOHMLER

Riders of the Purple Sage (Lassiter) 

BRITTEN

Peter Grimes (Balstrode)

DONIZETTI

Lucia di Lamermoor (Enrico)
La Favorita (Alphonse XI)

GORDON

Morning Star (Aaron Greenspan

HEGGIE

Dead Man Walking (Joseph DeRocher)
For A Look or a Touch (Manfred)
Moby-Dick (Starbuck)

KORNGOLD

Die tote Stadt (Frank)

LEONCAVALLO

I Pagliacci (Silvio)

MASCAGNI

Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio)

MASSENET

Herodiade (Hérode)
Thans (Athanaël)

MOZART

Don Giovanni (Title role)
Le Nozze di Figaro (Count Almaviva)

OFFENBACH

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Four Villains)

PASATIERI

Frau Margot (Ted Steinert)

PERLA

An American Dream (Jim) 

PONCHIELLI

La Giaconda (Barnaba) 

PUCCINI

Madama Butterfly (Sharpless)
La bohéme (Marcello)
La Fanciulla del West (Jack Rance)
Tosca (Scarpia)
Manon Lescaut (Lescaut)
Il Tabarro (Michele)

PUTS

Silent Night (Lt. Audebert)

ROSSINI

Guglielmo Tell (Title role)
L'italiana in Algeri (Taddeo)

SAINT-SAENS

Samson and Delilah (High Priest of Dagon)

SONDHEIM

Sweeney Todd (Title role)

STRAUSS

Salome (Jochanaan )
Elektra (Orest)

STRAVINSKY

The Rake's Progress (Nick Shadow)

TCHAIKOVSKY

Eugene Onegin (Title role)

VERDI

La Traviata (Germont)
Falstaff (Ford)
Don Carlo (Rodrigo)
Ernani (Don Carlo)
Il Trovatore (Conte di luna)
Un Ballo in Maschera (Renato)
Otello (Iago)

WAGNER

Tristan und Isolde (Kurvenal)
Tannhäuser (Wolfram ) 
Das Rheingold (Donner)
Lohengrin (King's Herald)

WEILL

One Touch of Venus (Whitelaw Savory)

WEINBERG

The Passenger (Tadeusz)

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