Devony Smith

Recognized for her “sensual” and “strong” voice (New York Times), mezzo-soprano Devony Smith (she/her) is a versatile performer with a wide-ranging repertoire in opera and concert music. Recent and upcoming role debuts include Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, and the title role in La Cenerentola with Opera Modesto, as well as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with New York City Opera and Dido in Dido and Aeneas at Teatro Comunale di Narni.

Devony is a sought-after collaborator with composers, having premiered works by Grammy-award winning composer Jennifer Higdon, Benjamin P. Wenzelberg, Eve Beglarian, Kate Soper, and Luna Pearl Woolf. This spring, she sang the role of the Designer in the world premiere of Woolf’s oratorio Number Our Days at the Perelman Performing Arts Center with the choir of Trinity Wall Street. Devony has a long relationship with Kate Soper’s work Here Be Sirens, which she has performed four different seasons, including an appearance at National Sawdust. This summer, she will join the Mostly Modern Festival as a soloist at Zankel Hall in Saratoga Springs for a recital of contemporary art song.

A champion of concert repertoire, Devony has performed as a featured recitalist with Caramoor Center for the Arts, Carnegie Hall City Wide, Ravinia Steans Music Institute, and Songfest, where she was also a recipient of a Sorel Fellowship. She recently made her Carnegie Hall debut as the alto soloist in Dan Forrest’s Jubilate Deo with Manhattan Concert Production and has also performed as the alto soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria and Durante’s Magnificat at Carnegie Hall with MidAmerica Productions. 

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