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About the artist:

American tenor Richard Trey Smagur, an HGO Studio alumnus, is the winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2017. His past roles at HGO include the Steersman in The Flying Dutchman, Parpignol in La bohème, Gastone de Letorières in La traviata, Young Servant in Elektra, and Count Almaviva in outdoor performances of The Barber of Seville. During HGO Digital’s inaugural season, he performed the role of The Witch in Hansel and Gretel. In the 2021-22 season, he makes his house debut at the Metropolitan Opera as the First Armored Man in The Magic Flute and returns later in the season as Young Servant in Elektra. Last season, he joined Atlanta Opera as Don José in the world premiere of The Threepenny Carmen, directed by Tomer Zvulun. Highlights of recent seasons include his role debut as Števa in David Alden’s production of Jenůfa at Santa Fe Opera, his role debut as Narraboth in Salome in concert with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Fabio Luisi, and a performance of Schumann’s Dichterliebe at Houston Symphony’s Schumann Festival.  A native of Clarkesville, Georgia, Smagur holds a Performer’s Diploma from Indiana University and Bachelor of Music degree from Shorter College. He was a fellow at the Steans Music Institute at Ravinia Music Festival.

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