American tenor Gregory Schmidt combines a ringing Italianate sound with ease in the high tessitura of the Bel Canto repertoire; he is equally at home with Mozart and the French lyric repertoire. Signature roles include Edgardo, Almaviva, Don Ramiro, Don Ottavio, and Tamino.
Schmidt’s unusually beautiful voice and commanding stage presence have brought him consistent critical acclaim. Of his Tonio, James D. Watts of the Tulsa World writes, “…his strong lyric tenor is as bright and sunny as a clear summer’s day. Schmidt gave each of those high C’s in “Ah, mes amis” a nice little vocal punch that made them ring, so that one sensed that Schmidt could have easily sung nine more.”
Mr. Schmidt is on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera. This season he will make his main stage debut in the role of Hervey in Anna Bolena. He will also sing the role of Bertram in La Donna del Lago, while covering the lead tenor role of Rodrigo. He has covered the roles of Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Tamino (Magic Flute), Elemer (Arabella), Andres (Wozzeck) and Flamand (Capriccio), among others.
Recent engagements include Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola) with Madison Opera and Tulsa Opera, The Duke (Rigoletto) with Crested Butte Music Festival, Tonio (La Fille du Régiment) with Tulsa Opera, Tenor Scholar in Philip Glass’s (Kepler) with Spoleto Festival USA, King of Naples (The Tempest) by Thomas Adès with Opéra du Québec; Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) with Opera Tampa, under the baton of Maestro Anton Coppola; and Nemorino (L’Elisir d’Amore) and Tebaldo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) also with Tulsa Opera.
Schmidt has performed Alfredo with St. Petersburg Opera, Tacoma Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera; Edgardo with Opera Tampa, El Paso Opera, Chattanooga Opera, Nevada Opera and Skylight Opera Theater; and Don Ottavio with Nashville Opera, Opera Carolina, Skylight Opera and Madison Opera.
Gregory Schmidt made his professional debut with Washington D. C. Opera in the role of Count Belfiore in Mozart’s (La Finta Giardiniera), returning to the Kennedy Center stage the following season as Tamino. He apprenticed with Santa Fe Opera and was a Metropolitan Opera Audition National Finalist.