LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO
February 11, 15, 19, 22, 28, 2017
March 3, 6, 16, 19, 22, 25
LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO
March 9, 2017
MICHIGAN OPERA THEATRE
May 13, 17, 20, 21, 2017
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 WFMT.com.
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.
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!
18 April 2016
From an extremely competitive field of 224 international performers, following preliminary and semi-final rounds of competition, 14 finalists were selected to compete for the prestigious Lotte Lenya Competition Finals held by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music on April 16 at the Eastman School of Music. Of the winners, Bradley Smoak was honored with the first ever Marc Blitzstein Award, given to highlight the most outstanding performance of an individual piece from the "Golden Era" of American musical theater for his performance of "Pass that Football" from Leonard Bernstein's Wonderful Town. Click below for more information and videos of Mr. Smoak's award-winning performance.
8 April 2016
Effective immediately, Bradley Smoak will be represented professionally by artist manager Deborah Sanders for all opera and concert performances. Sanders is Director of Opera for Rayfield Allied, one of the premiere firms based in London, and represents singers around the world with success at every level of the business, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opera Australia and Washington National Opera, just to name a few. Click here for contact details or click below for the Rayfield Allied website.
8 March 2016
Bradley Smoak is thrilled to announce that he has won the top prize and title of "Best Vocal Artist" in the 2016 American Opera Society of Chicago Competition. The AOS was established in 1921, and this competition highlights musical talents in and around the Chicago area, including singers and instrumentalists. Contestants are judged on a variety of repertoire showing mastery of technique, style, command of language, interpretation and stage presence. The scholarship prize includes a cash award as well as an appearance in an upcoming event hosted by the AOS of Chicago.