2016–17 Season: Count Monterone in Rigoletto
A Grand Finals winner of the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a recent graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, baritone Reginald Smith, Jr. makes his San Francisco Opera debut as Count Monterone. During the 2016–17 season, Smith made company debuts with Opera Memphis as Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, with the Dallas Opera as the Bonze in Madama Butterfly, and with Opera Carolina as Giorgo Germont in La Traviata. As bass soloist, he joined the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in Handel’s Messiah and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. His repertoire also includes Marcello in La Bohème, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Capulet in Roméo et Juliette, Jake and Lawyer Frazier in Porgy and Bess, Marullo in Rigoletto, and the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance..