|Bradley Smoak (Photo by: Ken Howard left and Bill Strong right)|
Smoak is currently a second-year member of the Ryan Opera Center in Chicago. He made his debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2014 in Strauss' Capriccio. He has two upcoming shows with the company this year. He'll portray Apprentice #1 in a new production of Berg's Wozzeck,directed by David McVicar and conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, which plays from November 1-21. The opera features Tomasz Konieczny in the title role, Angela Denoke as Marie and Stefan Vinke as the Drum Major.
On December 7th, he'll create the role of General Benjamin in the world premiere of Bel Canto, a newly commissioned work by Jimmy Lopez and Nilo Cruz. It features fellow barihunk Jacques Imbrailo as Messner, Danielle de Niese as Roxane Coss, J’nai Bridges as Carmen, Jeongcheol Cha as Hosokawa, William Burden as Ruben Iglesias, Anthony Roth Costanzo as Cesar, Takaoki Onishi as Father Arguedas and Andrw Stenson as Gen.
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