"I felt freer than any time in my professional career while working on this production. I can't even put into words how much it meant to me to feel that amount of trust and freedom..."

"Blake Smith could make a park bench sing with passion."

"Dr. Smith was absolutely wonderful, and will never be able to fully understand and appreciate the impact he has made on my life."

"I'm a completely different performer today."

"Dr. Smith made the opera a truly life-changing experience."

"...made Albert Herring come to life and it was amazing being able to watch it all unfold and see how much music can affect people."

"...makes me want to be different than all of the other singers in the world and that is something that I will not give up."

"...is one of the most inspiring people I have ever met."

"I'll never forget this experience."

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