Biography


 
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,  TOSCA,  MANON  LESCAUT,  ARIADNE  AUF  NAXOS,  MEISTERSINGER,  DER  FLIEGENDE  HOLLÄNDER,  QUEEN  OF  SPADES), Vienna State Opera (TRISTAN,  LOHENGRIN,  DIE  FRAU  OHNE  SCHATTEN,  MANON  LESCAUT,  FIDELIO,  WALKÜRE,  MEISTERSINGER,  DER  FLIEGENDE  HOLLÄNDER), La Scala Milan (LOHENGRIN,  FIDELIO, TANNHÄUSER), Paris Opera Bastille (DIE  TOTE  STADT,  AIDA,  WALKÜRE), MET Opera New York (TRISTAN,  TOSCA,  MADAMA  BUTTERFLY,  ARIADNE  AUF  NAXOS), Deutsche Oper Berlin (ANDREA  CHENIER,  MEISTERSINGER,  LOHENGRIN,  TANNHÄUSER,  WALKÜRE,  PARSIFAL), 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), Theatre du Capitole Toulouse (ANDREA  CHENIER,  DIE  FRAU  OHNE  SCHATTEN), Zürich Opera House (MEISTERSINGER,  TANNHÄUSER) and New National Theatre Tokyo (WALKÜRE,  LA  FORZA  DEL  DESTINO).
 
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 (Beethoven 9th), the Philadelphia Orchestra (MISSA  SOLEMNIS by Beethoven), Bayerische Rundfunkorchester (DAS  LIED  VON  DER  ERDE by Mahler), 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 8th Symphony), Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (GURRE-LIEDER by Schönberg), Orchestre de Paris (Beethoven 9th,  FIDELIO), Los Angeles Philharmonic (Beethoven 9th), Vienna Symphony (Beethoven 9th,  Beethoven MISSA  SOLEMNIS,  Dvorak STABAT  MATER), London Philharmonic Orchestra (TRISTAN Act 2 concert), Hamburg Symphoniker (Verdi REQUIEM), Symphonica Toscanini (Beethoven 9th), Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin (Beethoven’s CHRISTUS  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.