He 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.  Additional engagements include performances with Munich’s Bavarian State Opera (Fidelio,  Aida,  Tristan,  Tannhäuser,  Lohengrin,  Walküre,  Die Frau ohne Schatten,  Tosca,  Manon Lescaut,  Ariadne  auf  Naxos,  Meistersinger,  Der fliegende Holländer,  Queen of Spades), Vienna State Opera (Tristan,  Lohengrin,  Die Frau ohne Schatten,  Manon Lescaut,  Tannhäuser,  Fidelio,  Walküre,  Meistersinger,  Der fliegende Holländer), La Scala Milan (Lohengrin, Fidelio,  Tannhäuser), Paris Opera Bastille (Tristan,  Die tote Stadt,  Aida,  Walküre), MET Opera New York (Tristan,  Tosca,  Madama Butterfly,  Ariadne auf Naxos), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Andrea  Chénier, Meistersinger,  Lohengrin,  Tannhäuser,  Walküre,  Parsifal,  Fidelio), Dresden State Opera (Meistersinger, Carmen,  Lohengrin,  Daphne), Covent Garden London (Lohengrin,  Meistersinger,  Ariadne auf Naxos), Chicago Lyric Opera (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Los Angeles Opera (Die Frau ohne Schatten), San Francisco Opera (Meistersinger), Teatro Real Madrid (Die Frau ohne Schatten,  Tristan,  Parsifal), Gran Teatre de Liceu Barcelona (Meistersinger,  Parsifal,  Ariadne auf Naxos), Hungarian State Opera Budapest (Tannhäuser), Theatre du Capitole Toulouse (Andrea Chénier, Tristan,  Die Frau ohne Schatten), Zürich Opera House (Meistersinger,  Tannhäuser), Teatro dell'Opera di Roma (Tristan), and New National Theatre Tokyo (Walküre,  La forza del destino).


In September 2014 he made his Otello debut in Oviedo, Spain.


He has performed in concert with the Royal Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam (Mahler's Symphony VIII,  Das Lied von der Erde,  Kodaly's Psalmus Hungaricus, Beethoven  9th,  Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex), the Vienna Philharmonic (Das Lied von der Erde, Beethoven 9th), Philadelphia Orchestra (Missa Solemnis  by Beethoven), Bayerische Rundfunkorchester (Das Lied von der Erde), Bayerische Staatsorchester Munich (Das Lied von der Erde),  the London Symphony Orchestra (The Dream of Gerontius  by Elgar), the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rome (Dvorak Requiem,  Walküre Act 1), the Staatskapelle Berlin (Mahler's Symphony VIII ), Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (Gurre-Lieder by Schönberg), Budapest Festival Orchestra (Das Lied von der Erde, Beethoven 9th), Orchestre de Paris (Beethoven 9th,  Fidelio), Los Angeles Philharmonic (Beethoven 9th), Vienna Symphony (Beethoven 9th,  Beethoven Missa Solemnis, Dvorak Stabat Mater), London Philharmonic Orchestra (Mahler VIII, Fidelio, Tristan Act 2), Hamburg Symphoniker (Verdi Requiem) Symphonica Toscanini (Beethoven 9th), Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin (Beethoven’s Chirstus am Ölberge), the SWR Radio Orchestra (Gurre-Lieder by Schönberg, Beethoven 9th), Monte-Carlo Orchestre Philharmonique (Parsifal), and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (Lohengrin).


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.