Carol Smith

Carol Smith

American contralto singer
Date of Birth: 20.02.1926
Country: USA

  1. Carol Smith: Biography
  2. Operatic Career
  3. International Festivals
  4. Notable Performances
  5. Teaching and Legacy

Carol Smith: Biography

Carol Smith, an American contralto opera and concert singer, was born on February 20, 1926, in Oak City, Illinois. After completing her studies, she made her concert debut in Chicago and quickly gained recognition in the United States and Canada. She spent the next twelve years as a soloist for the 'Bach Aria Group', a vocal-instrumental ensemble based in New York City.

Carol Smith

Operatic Career

Smith furthered her training as an opera singer and traveled to Milan, Italy, to study under Mario Cordone. In 1961, she made her operatic debut at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. This marked the beginning of a successful international career, which included performances at La Scala in Milan, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Wiener Staatsoper, and opera houses in Hamburg, Munich, and Geneva.

Carol Smith

International Festivals

Smith regularly participated in the Casals Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and received invitations to perform at major international festivals throughout Europe, including Aix-en-Provence, Perugia, Salzburg, and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. She showcased her talents as both an opera and concert singer.

Carol Smith

Notable Performances

In 1971, Smith performed at the premiere of Alberto Ginastera's opera, 'Beatrice Cenci,' at the newly opened Kennedy Center in Washington. The same year, she sang the role of the Messenger in Monteverdi's 'Orfeo' at the Salzburg Festival. Smith had a particular affinity for Italian composers.

Teaching and Legacy

From 1979 to 1984, Carol Smith taught at a music school in Zurich, then became a professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 1984 to 1996. She later returned to Zurich. Smith's powerful and warm-toned voice gained her recognition in concert halls across the United States. Her discography includes recordings of 'Cavalleria Rusticana,' 'La damoiselle élue' by Claude Debussy, Bach cantatas, Beethoven's 'Missa Solemnis,' Verdi's 'Messa da Requiem,' and more.