"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." (www.kwf.org)

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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 WFMT.com on the evening of Sunday, April 9 beginning at 7:00pm CST.

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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, Jongcheol Cha, Andrew Stenson, Bradley Smoak and many more!

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BradleySmoak.com has been updated and optimized for mobile devices

27 January 2017

After several years of having a non-responsive design, BradleySmoak.com 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 WFMT.com

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.


TUNE IN TONIGHT at 7pm CT: Bradley Smoak in Recital on WFMT.com

2 October 2016

Don't miss the latest installment of the Ryan Opera Center's Recital Series on Chicago's home for classical music, 98.7 WFMT. 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. Tune in at 98.7FM or click here to stream live online.


"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.



Grant Park Music Festival to feature Ryan Opera Center in Concert

26 June 2016

The Grant Park Music Festival is the nation’s only free, outdoor classical music series of its kind. Each summer, the Festival presents ten weeks of free classical concerts to all of Chicago at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. This year's Festival includes conductor Edwin Outwater with members of the Lyric Opera of Chicago's Ryan Opera Center in a performance of Act I from Carlisle Floyd's dustbowl opera Of Mice and Men.



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!



Entire 2015-2016 Lyric Opera season being rebroadcast on NPR stations

14 May 2016

Missed any of the exciting productions from the 2015/16 season at Lyric Opera of Chicago? Tune in on your local NPR station or stream online at wfmt.com to hear these performances in their entirety. Each performance from the Civic Opera House in Chicago is hosted by Roger Pines and Peter Van de Graaff and will be presented every Saturday from May 14 through July 9, including a bonus broadcast from 2014's production of Rusalka. For complete broadcast schedule and links, click below.



Smoak honored with inaugural Marc Blitzstein Award at 2016 Lotte Lenya

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.



Bradley Smoak represented worldwide by Deborah Sanders, Rayfield Allied

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.



La bohème will open Opera Theatre of Saint Louis 2016 season

28 March 2016

Bradley Smoak makes a much-anticipated return to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as the philosopher Colline in Puccini's celebrated masterpiece La bohème to open their 2016 season. One of the first roles he covered as a Gerdine Young Artist, Smoak will now return to the stage that has seen him in a wide variety of characters over the years, including the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, Masetto in Don Giovanni, and King of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland to name a few. With nine performances throughout the festival season, don't miss this classic love story in the wonderfully intimate Loretto-Hilton Center.



Mr. Smoak wins top prize in American Opera Society of Chicago Competition

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.


Lyric Opera of Chicago announces thrilling 2016/17 season

15 January 2016

In his next season as General Director, Anthony Freud continues his legacy by announcing a season filled with classic operas alongside new and engaging works, sure to excite audiences of all ages. From Mozart's beloved Die Zauberflöte and Bizet's scintillating Carmen to the charming tale of Don Quichotte and the much-anticipated beginning of Lyric's ambitious Ring Cycle with Wagner's Das Rheingold, this will be "an epic season of timeless stories, passionate music, and inspiring theater" (Lyric Opera of Chicago). In his third and final year with the Ryan Opera Center, Smoak will appear in several exciting roles throughout the season, including a special concert event "Celebrating Plácido" where he will share the stage with the one and only Plácido Domingo.



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