D. Blake Smith, tenor, is an award-winning singer, actor, stage director, and teacher. He has performed nearly forty principal operatic roles ranging from Mozart to Carlisle Floyd and has garnered special attention for his interpretations of Italian bel canto repertoire. His celebrated career as an oratorio and concert soloist shows similar versatility, including critically-acclaimed performances in works as diverse as the Bach Evangelists and the tenor soloist in Verdi’s Requiem. His operatic career has included performances in professional theaters throughout the United States and he has performed as a soloist with orchestras in many of the country’s most prestigious performance halls, including Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall, and Dallas’s Meyerson Symphony Center.
He is a powerful advocate for art song and vocal chamber repertoire. His areas of specialization include songs of the English Musical Rensaissance (the works of Ralph Vaughan Williams, particularly), Benjamin Britten, and the works of American expatriate composers.