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He made his debut at the Bayreuth Festival in 1997 as Walther von Stolzing in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, returning as Tristan,  Lohengrin, and Siegmund in Die Walküre. Additional engagements include performances with the opera houses of Munich, Vienna, La Scala Milan, Rome, Naples, Paris, MET New York, Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg, London, Bolshoi Moscow, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Madrid, Barcelona, Budapest, Toulouse, Zürich, and Tokyo.


He has performed in concert with the Royal Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, Vienna Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Bayerische Rundfunkorchester, Bayerische Staatsorchester Munich, London Symphony Orchestra, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rome, Staatskapelle Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hamburg Symphoniker, Symphonica Toscanini, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Monte-Carlo Orchestre Philharmonique, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.


Robert Dean Smith’s CD recording on Arte Nova of Wagner scenes has been awarded the "Orphée d’Or" by the Académie du Disque Lyrique. Born in Kansas, USA, he studied at Pittsburg (Kansas) State University with Margaret Thuenemann, at the Juilliard School in New York City with Daniel Ferro, and with Professor Janice Harper in Europe.  Like many dramatic tenors, he began his career as a baritone and sang for several years in German opera houses. His excellent training and stage versatility allow him to sing a wide variety of repertoire in many different languages and styles.


The Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin awarded Mr. Smith the position of Guest Professor for the summer semester 2019.