GREGORY SCHMIDT - tenor
American tenor Gregory Schmidt's ringing Italianate sound, trim good looks and commanding stage presence are an exceptionally winning combination. Equally at home with Mozart and the French lyric repertoire, he is acclaimed for his vocal artistry and acting skill in equal measure. Signature roles include Edgardo, Alfredo, Des Grieux, Don Ottavio and Tamino.
“Gregory Schmidt [exhibits] bright and accurate sound, charged with genuine
emotion...combining credible acting with elegant style” wrote Jess Anderson for Opera News in 2002. “Schmidt might be the finest tenor ever to tread the Skylight (Opera Theater) stage,” enthused Tom Strini of the Milwaukee Journal (Lucia di Lammermoor, 2001). “On top of that, he is a dashing, handsome fellow...Lucia could plausibly go mad over Schmidt’s Edgardo.” Of his debut Des Grieux (Manon) with Tulsa Opera, critic Christopher Weimer wrote “Schmidt...cut a dashing figure on stage, acted very affectingly, and sang the entire role marvelously. His arias stood out for their musicianship.”
He recently sang Ramiro in Cenerentola with Fresno Opera, Sacco and Vanzetti and La Boheme with Tampa Bay Opera, First Jew in Salome with Florentine Opera and joined the roster of the Met covering The Gambler. For 2008-09 he sang Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Tampa Bay Opera and Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore with Tulsa Opera. For 2009-10 he was seen as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Tampa and sang Quint and the Prologue in Turn of the Screw and The Steersman in The Flying Dutchman for Madison Opera.
He joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in 2008 covering The Gambler and has since returned covering Flamand in Capriccio, Tamino, Ernesto, Iopas in Les Troyens, and, in 2013-14, The Nose, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Wozzeck and Arabella. He will make his Met house debut in 2015 in La Donna del Lago.
He made his Spoleto Festival debut in 2012 in Philip Glass’ Kepler. Additionally in 2012 he debuted at the Opera de Quebec as King Alonso in the new Robert Lepage production of Thomas Ades’ The Tempest, conducted by the composer and later returned to Tulsa Opera as Tonio La Fille du Regiment. In 2013 he joined the Lyric Opera of Chicago covering David in Die Meistersinger. He begins his 2014-15 season singing Cenerentola with Tulsa Opera and Carmina Burana with the Tulsa Symphony.
Other engagements include Pang ( Turandot) with Opera Pacific, a cover Des Grieux (Manon) with Houston Grand Opera, Lamplighter (The Little Prince) with Skylight Opera Theater, and Tebaldo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) with Tulsa Opera. He has also sung Ferrando (Cosi fan Tutte) title role of Faust and Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with El Paso Opera and Tamino with Kalamazoo Symphony and Tulsa Opera. . He has sung Don Giovanni with Nashville Opera, Opera Carolina, Skylight Opera and Madison opera.
Gregory Schmidt made his professional debut with Washington D. C. Opera in 1996-97 in the role of Count Belfiore in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera, returning to the Kennedy Center stage the following season as Tamino. He apprenticed with Santa Fe Opera in 1993 and 1995, was a Metropolitan Opera Audition National Finalist in 1994 and a Lyric Opera Center for American Artists finalist for the 1995 season.