REGINALD SMITH, JR.
HGO Studio alumnus Reginald Smith, Jr. has performed at HGO in roles including Amonasro in Aida (2020); Bonze in Madame Butterfly, Speaker of the Temple, Priest, and Armoured Man in outdoor performances of The Magic Flute, and Speaker in selected mainstage performances of The Magic Flute (all 2015); Dancaïre in Carmen and Marullo in Rigoletto (2014); and Blind in Die Fledermaus (2013). He appeared with the company in Giving Voice in 2020, and gave a Live from The Cullen recital with Richard Bado for HGO Digital in 2021. His 2021-22 season included debuts with Lyric Opera of Chicago as Uncle Paul in Terrence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones, the San Diego Opera as Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, and Charleston’s Holy City Arts and Lyric Opera as Germont in La traviata. Smith’s 2019-20 season opened with his much-anticipated debut at The Metropolitan Opera as Jim in Porgy and Bess; he also performed the role of Jake in Porgy and Bess at Atlanta Opera. Other roles include Sharpless in Madame Butterfly (Opera Memphis); Amonasro (Opera Idaho); Senator Charles Potter, General Airlie, and Bartender in Gregory Spears’s Fellow Travelers (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Monterone in Rigoletto (Portland Opera); and Taddeo in L’Italiana in Algeri (Opera Memphis). He has made recent appearances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, and the Nashville Symphony.