Roy Cornelius Smith
born 1966 Big Stone Gap
In RA format
He studied voice in Knoxville and Hammond and spent his first career years in the US. His first
international appearance was as Fatty (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny by Kurt Weill) at the Salzburg Festival 1998.
Guest appearances at the Met, New York City Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, in Chicago, New Orleans, Birmingham, San Antonio,
Sarasota, Long Beach, Memphis, Copenhagen, Oslo, Malmö, Hannover, Chemnitz, Köln, Graz, Montreal, and at the festivals
of Bregenz, Ravenna or Savona.
A special place in his career was occupied by the Nationaltheater Mannheim, where he was also a member at times.
Repertory: Turiddu, Calaf, Dick Johnson, des Grieux (Manon Lescaut), Cavaradossi, Florestan, Tristan, Erik, Max, Faust
(Mefistofele), Radames, Otello, Canio, Éléazar, José, Andrea Chénier, Peter Grimes, Kaiser, ...
I heard Smith in Turandot at the Vienna Volksoper, and he was pretty good – nonetheless, his performance was
difficult to endure. How come? Although he has a large voice, he succumbed to the microphone opera fashion. A large voice further
amplified (and heavily to boot!), that made him so loud that it was actually tough on the ears: a volume that you'd expect from a rock
Picture source and reference: Smith's website
For the biography cf. also: reference 2, reference 3