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Bradley Smoak, Pirate King



Smoak selected as a Finalist in Lotte Lenya Competition for second straight year

14 March 2017

From the largest applicant pool in its 20-year history, the 2017 Lotte Lenya Competition has narrowed down 266 singers to 32 Semifinalists, who recently auditioned in New York City for the KWF panel, along with judges Judy Blazer and Ted Sperling. Ultimately, 14 Finalists were chosen, who will compete for top prizes of up to $20,000 in front of a live audience at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Read the full press release here.

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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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27 January 2017

After several years of having a non-responsive design, has undergone a major transformation - behind the scenes. This update will make the site responsive for all browser widths, as well as optimized for use on mobile devices. Please enjoy the site and come back soon for more exciting updates!


Missed it live? CLICK HERE: Bradley Smoak in Recital on

14 October 2016

If you missed the live broadcast of WMFT's latest installment of the Ryan Opera Center's Recital Series, don't worry! You can hear the program in its entirety by clicking the link below. Bass-baritone Bradley Smoak and mezzo-soprano Lindsay Metzger, with pianists Mario Antonio Marra and Craig Terry, perform songs by Beethoven, Sibelius, Bernstein, and Irving Berlin on Chicago's home for classical music, 98.7 WFMT. Click here to hear the program online at


"Ryan Center artists shine brightly in Floyd’s dark Of Mice and Men"

1 August 2016

In his article for Chicago Classical Review, Lawrence A. Johnson praises the members of the Ryan Opera Center and Grant Park Festival Orchestra for their presentation of Act I from Carlisle Floyd's American masterpiece Of Mice and Men, based on the Steinbeck classic. Included in his review is acclaim for Bradley Smoak, who "brought a warm, rounded bass-baritone to Candy, the old hand whose dog is executed." Click below to read the full review.



Ryan Opera Center artists join Civic Orchestra of Chicago at Symphony Hall

3 June 2016

The Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the pre-professional training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, presents a special collaborative program with The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center on Monday, June 6, at 8 p.m. led by Lyric Opera of Chicago music director Sir Andrew Davis. The program will take its cue from the many celebrations recognizing the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and will include works by Berlioz, Vaughan Williams, Verdi, Walton and Ambroise Thomas. The concert represents the third time that the two institutions have collaborated to perform together at Symphony Center, and promises to be an evening of Shakespeare-inspired artistry not to be missed!