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May 13, 17, 20, 21, 2017





Aug 5, 2017





across multiple genres

Bradley Smoak, Pirate King



"This is the Life" – Bradley Smoak wins top prize at 20th Annual Lotte Lenya Competition

24 April 2017

From the largest ever pool of 266 applicants, the 20th Annual Lotte Lenya Competition selected 32 Semifinalists, then 14 Grand Finalists to perform for the newly increased top prize of $20,000 in this historic contest. Smoak's winning program consisted of "This is the Life" from Love Life by Weill, "Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni" from La sonnambula, "Higher Than a Hawk" from Calamity Jane, and "Me" from Beauty and the Beast. The panel of distinguished judges described his performances as being "motivated by genuine emotion and ranged from strength to vulnerability to physical humor. His program took us to unexpected places and the repertoire took us from genre to genre, all with vocal ease and acting finesse." (

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Bradley Smoak named recipient of 2017 Richard F. Gold Career Grant by Shoshana Foundation

13 April 2017

After performing ten mainstage roles (and many covers) over the past three years with Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Shoshana Foundation has named Bradley Smoak a 2017 recipient of the Richard F. Gold Career Grant. During his tenure as a member of the Richard G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, Smoak performed such memorable roles as Antonio (Le nozze di Figaro), Zuniga (Carmen), 1st Apprentice (Wozzeck), and General Benjamin (Bel Canto, World Premiere) to name a few. Smoak joins an illustrious list of past winners of the Grant, including Renee Fleming, Joyce DiDonato, Eric Owens, and Stephanie Blythe.

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Smoak returns to Beyond the Aria alongside Stephanie Blythe, Craig Terry, and Diana Newman

5 April 2017

Following his critically acclaimed performance in the 2016 Beyond the Aria cabaret series, Bradley Smoak brings his "dark and elegant voice" (Chicago Classical Review) back to the Harris Theater to sing in an evening of song and celebration. This year's concert brings together Smoak's "relaxed charm and great humor" (Chicago Classical Review) with the legendary cabaret stylings of Stephanie Blythe, along with the incredibly talented soprano Diana Newman. The series is hosted by pianist Craig Terry, who has proven himself the master of collaboration, in demand all over the world for his unforgettable programs. This is an evening not to be missed. Click below for more information.

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Rising Stars in Concert to feature a variety of works at historic Civic Opera House

28 March 2017

Completing his tenure as a member of the prestigious Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Bradley Smoak will join the entire roster of the Ryan Opera Center in presenting an evening filled with excitement, passion, and most of all, incredible performances by the up-and-coming opera stars of tomorrow. Works will include arias, duets, and ensembles by composers from Rossini to Weill and everything in between. Tickets are available here, and the performance will also be broadcast on WFMT and streamed online at on the evening of Sunday, April 9 beginning at 7:00pm CST.

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Stream the critically acclaimed Bel Canto on PBS Great Performances anytime

4 February 2017

After the much-anticipated World Premiere of Bel Canto, an opera written by Jimmy López and Nilo Cruz and based upon the award-winning Ann Patchett novel, PBS Great Performances broadcast the opera from a live performance to overwhelming acclaim. Click the link below to stream the entire performance, starring an international cast including Danielle de Niese, J'Nai Bridges, Jeongcheol Cha, Andrew Stenson, Bradley Smoak and many more!

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