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H. Stephen Smith

H. Stephen Smith
Professor of Voice

H. Stephen Smith

After the completion of a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science at Davidson College, H. Stephen Smith studied voice at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, completing a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance and Literature before continuing on at Eastman to receive a Master of Music Degree and a Performer’s Certificate in Opera.  

Smith has performed leading roles on numerous opera stages with artists such as  Renée Fleming, June Anderson, Elisabeth Söderström, and Jerome Hines, to name a few, and while residing in Stockholm, Sweden from 1988-98, he studied privately with Nicolai Gedda.  Smith made his tenor debut with the Pittsburgh Opera Theater, singing the role of Pinkerton in Puccini’s MADAMA BUTTERFLY.  He has performed numerous leading tenor roles with opera houses in Scandinavia, Switzerland, Poland, Britain, Latvia, and Portugal. 

His operatic work in America includes performances with opera companies in New Orleans, San Francisco, Houston, Mobile, Tulsa, Sacramento, Austin, Augusta, Jacksonville, Sarasota, Chattanooga, Norfolk, Shreveport, Columbus, Boston, Nashville, and New York. 

Smith has recorded with Musica Sveciae and Caprice Records, including the roles of Salvatorre in Franz Berwald’s ESTRELLA DE SORIA, Atis in Joseph Martin Kraus’ PROSERPIN, and Cardinal Rohan in Daniel Börtz’s MARIE ANTOINETTE.  He also appeared as the male lead, Mats, in a full-length, feature film adaptation of Ture Rängström’s opera, KRONBRUDEN, which has been viewed by television audiences throughout Scandinavia, Australia, and Germany.  More recently, he served as the featured vocalist on Rocky Streams, a compact disc compilation of the works of Dr. Paul Osterfield, released in 2011 on Albany Records.

Smith made his Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) debut in March of 2014, performing the world premiere of Michael Linton’s Franchetti Songs, a recording of which is scheduled for release later in 2014. 

He joined the music faculty at Middle Tennessee State University in August of 1998, where he serves as Professor of Voice and Assistant Director of the School of Music.  In addition to his teaching duties at MTSU, Smith remains active as a recitalist, and has appeared as the tenor soloist in numerous oratorio performances. 


Listen to H. Stephen Smith in streaming audio:

  1. Una furtiva lagrima by Donizetti - Stephen Smith with MTSU Symphony Orchestra
  2. E lucevan le stelle by Puccini - Stephen Smith with MTSU Symphony Orchestra
  3. Che gelida manina by Puccini - Stephen Smith with MTSU Symphony Orchestra
  4. Ingemisco by Verdi - Stephen Smith with Middle TN Choral Society
  5. Proserpin, Scene XIII: Recitative and aria by Joseph Martin Kraus - Stephen Smith with the Stockholm Chamber Orchestra
  6. Romans by Franz Berwald from the opera Estrella de Soria - Stephen Smith with Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra (Sweden)
  7. Lensky's Aria by Tchaikovsky - Stephen Smith with Janet Gustafson, piano
  8. Frederico's Lament by Cilea - Stephen Smith with Caleb Harris, piano
  9. Nessun dorma by Puccini - Stephen Smith with Joseph Walker, piano

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