Canada: Nigel Smith

Nigel Smith

Born: Montreal, 11 August 1970

Last updated: 01 July 2001

Nigel Smith started his vocal studies at the age of 16. He studied at Westminster College Conservatory, New Jersey and made his operatic debut while at McGill University.

After a few years studying in the US he moved to Paris in 1998 where he has performed a number of roles with the Opéra National de Paris.

There has been a Canadian contestant at every competition and three - Martha Collins in 1985, Brett Polegato in 1997 and James Westman in 1999 - made it to the final. The latter two were also baritones.

He is currently based in Europe, at the Centre de Formation Lyrique at the Opéra National de Paris, where current roles include Marullo in Rigoletto, Weill's Die sieben Todsünden and Belcore in L'elisir d'amore.

Nigel won second prize (no first) in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition in 1998 and 2nd Prize in the Canadian Opera Company Young Mozart Singers' Competition in 1995.

Nigel lists his hobbies as dance (Argentinian tango), reading poetry or fiction, rollerblading and going to museums and the cinema.

Preliminary repertoire

  • Mozart - Così fan tutte: Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - The Tsar's Bride: Prince Graznoy's Aria
  • Vaughan Williams - Songs of Travel Part 2 No 3: In Dreams
  • Verdi - Falstaff: È sogno? O realtà

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