April 16, 2009
Smith's Deutsche Oper Berlin Debut Comes Earlier than Expected

Originally scheduled to make his Deutsche Oper Berlin debut as Calaf next season, Roy Cornelius Smith will instead make his company debut much earlier than anticipated, replacing Carlo Ventre as Calaf opposite Maria Guleghina's Turandot on June 29 and July 2. Smith has earned critical acclaim in this role on several occasions having performed the opera with Volksoper Wien, Opera Carolina, Opera Memphis, Opera Birmingham, and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Following his performances in the new Barbe/Doucet production of Turandot, Musical America exclaimed "his voice is huge, dusky and Italianate, his phrasing and use of dynamics generous and elegant, his stage presence endearing. ‘Nessun dorma,' sung sweetly, passionately and thrillingly, stopping the show cold (there is no cadence to the aria in the original score, but the explosive ovation and accompanying ‘Bravos!' were so deafening and prolonged, Hager had no choice but to put down the baton)."

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