Robert Dean Smith made his debut at the Bayreuth Festival in 1997 as Walther von Stolzing in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, returning as Tristan, Lohengrin, and Siegmund in Die Walküre. He has performed in concert with the Royal Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, Vienna Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Bayerische Rundfunkorchester, Bayerische Staatsorchester Munich, London Symphony Orchestra, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rome, and many others.
Robert Dean Smith’s CD recording on Arte Nova of Wagner scenes has been awarded the "Orphée d’Or" by the Académie du Disque Lyrique. Born in Kansas, USA, he studied at Pittsburg (Kansas) State University with Margaret Thuenemann, at the Juilliard School in New York City with Daniel Ferro, and with Professor Janice Harper in Europe. Like many dramatic tenors, he began his career as a baritone and sang for several years in German opera houses. His excellent training and stage versatility allow him to sing a wide variety of repertoire in many different languages and styles.
Richard Wagner - Der fliegende Holländer
Richard Wagner - Tannhäuser
Richard Wagner - Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Richard Wagner - Die Walküre
Richard Wagner – The Operas
Wagner - Der Ring des Nibelungen