Devony Smith, A Winterlude 2020 Artist,
Noted for her "strong" voice and "dramatic conviction" (New York Times), Devony Smith is a versatile mezzo-soprano excelling in both contemporary and traditional repertoire. This season, Devony will appear singing Chants d’Auvergne with Brooklyn Art Song Society, Mahler Symphony no. 4 with the Colburn Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Yehuda Gilad, and a staged production of Schumann’s Dichterliebe with New Orchestra of Washington. She will also appear in recital with Caramoor center for Arts and Music. This spring, Devony will create the role of “The Lover” in the world premiere Kate Soper’s highly anticipated new opera, The Romance of the Rose.
Last season, Devony appeared as a “Schwab Vocal Rising Star” with Caramoor and New York Festival of Song. She presented a full recital with Carnegie Hall Citywide, and performed the world premiere of a song cycle curated by Laura Kaminsky. Devony made her Carnegie Hall debut in the finals of the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio competition where she was the recipient of the Lyndon Woodside award. As a part of Opera Forum: New Works at Cincinnati Opera, she workshopped the title role in Matthew Aucoin’s New Opera, Eurydice, a Metropolitan Opera and Los Angeles Opera co-commission. A champion of new works, Devony also performed Kate Soper’s self-accompanied opera Here Be Sirens at National Sawdust.