Yvette Smith, mezzo-soprano
Mezzo Soprano Yvette Smith currently resides in the Chicago metro area. A native of North Carolina, she earned her Bachelor’s degree at UNC-Greensboro and then earned her Master of Music degree from The University of Maryland at College Park.
Ms. Smith has been recognized for her “rich tone and great vocal control” by The Washington Post for her work with The Maryland Handel Festival. In addition The Capital praised her for her concert work with Annapolis Opera saying “she demonstrated excellent vocal and dramatic ranges, moving effortlessly from the composer’s quiet solemnity to his venting of futile rage.”
Ms. Smith is an accomplished concert artist and has soloed in over 40 separate works with orchestra. She appeared three years consecutively as alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Washington National Cathedral alongside internationally acclaimed artists, and performed the work with the National Philharmonic the following year. Michael McCarthy, Director of Music at the Washington National Cathedral, said of Ms. Smith, “Yvette Smith is captivating! Not only is one drawn to the exquisite beauty of her voice but her ability to communicate across a wide rage of emotions cannot fail to move. Seldom does such a combination come together so completely as in this wonderful singer. Her 'Refiners Fire' will long live in the memory.”
Her recordings include being featured soloist with Washington National Cathedral on their Hear the Christmas Angels and their Handel’s Messiah as well as soloist with the Washington National Basilica on their Christmas CD.
The National Philharmonic Chorale requested Ms. Smith’s appearance at the Cherry Blossom Festival where they performed Rutter’s Feel The Spirit for mezzo-soprano and chorus. The work was performed on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial and reprised for the opening celebration of Strathmore’s new facility. She debuted Harraldson’s Lincoln Mass, which was written for the Bicentennial celebration of President Lincoln’s former church, New York Avenue Presbyterian.
In addition, she was asked by Washington National Opera to sing as the soloist for a private dinner at the White House for the former President and Mrs. Bush. She was also a featured soloist for the Horatio Alger Awards Ceremony following in the footsteps of Linda Eder and Mario Frangoulis in previous years. She made her debut with Washington National Opera in 2009 in their production of Strauss’ Elektra as First Maidservant.
She has sung with the Lyric Opera of Chicago for the past 5 seasons. She has been a featured soloist in Handel’s Hercules directed by Peter Sellars, covered Antonia’s Mother in Les Contes Des Hoffman and the Mutter in Lulu, and made her debut in a principal role as the First Maidservant in Elektra last fall.