Faculty Profile

Erin Elizabeth Smith

NMS Voice Faculty


Erin Elizabeth Smith, mezzo soprano, has performed in various theatres including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, New York City Opera, Arizona Opera, Ft. Worth Opera, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Central City Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Teatro Pergolesi (Italy), Lyrique en mer (France), and Syracuse Opera among others….

As much at home in Musical Theatre as she is in Opera, Ms. Smith has performed numerous roles as well in this genre. Roles include Petra in a Little Night Music, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Dolly in Hello Dolly, Meg Brockie in Brigadoon, Edith in Pirates of Penzance, Mother Superior in Sound of Music as well as various other roles.

A former member of the Domingo-Cafritz young artist program at Washington, Ms. Smith sang the role of Emilia opposite Placido Domingo and also performed Ninetta in I Vespri Siciliani under the baton of Maestro Domingo. She was also seen at Washington in the role of The Second Lady in Die Zauberflote, Wanda in Sophie’s Choice, Mariana in Luisa Fernanda, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito and Gianetta in L’Elisir d’Amore.

Hailed by Opera News for her performance as Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti for the 50th anniversary at Tanglewood Music Center, Ms. Smith “brought to bear an impassioned delivery, a powerful tragic face and a powerful rich voice, impressive for accuracy of pinpoint pitch and attack.” Other notable engagements include Giulietta in Tales of Hoffman and Flora in La Traviata with Lyrique en Mer (France), Maddalena in Rigoletto at the Teatro Pergolesi (Italy), Harper and Ethel Rosenberg in Angels in America with Ft. Worth Opera; Edith in Pirates of Penzance, Albina in La Donna del Lago, Kate Pinkerton in the Emmy award winning performance of Madama Butterfly (Live from Lincoln Center) and Meg Page cover in Falstaff all with the New York City Opera. Ms. Smith made her role debut as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Arizona Opera and her role debut as Cecilia March in Syracuse Opera’s Little Women. This Spring, Ms. Smith joined Lyric Opera of Chicago as Sister Berthe in the highly praised production of The Sound of Music.

Additional engagements include the roles Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro and Orfee in Orfee et Eurydice (Lyrique en Mer), Pepa in Goyescas and Zulma in L’Italiana in Algeri (Central City Opera), and The Reporter in the debut of Loss of Eden (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis).

While a member of the Juilliard Opera Center, she was seen as The Cook in Le Rossignol, Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte, Filotete in Handels Oreste, and Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw. Other notable roles in New York City have included Fidalma in Il Matrimonio Segreto, Ragonde in Le Comte Ory and Grace in the New York premiere of Robert Ward’s Roman Fever, which was recorded and released by Albany Records.

Ms. Smith loves passing on the years of study to her students and helping them discover their best sound. She has taught privately for years in New York City. She embraces all styles of music and is able to teach different styles and techniques to best perform Musical Theatre, Opera, Jazz, Art Song and Popular Music.

An accomplished recital performer, Ms. Smith has performed a variety of works from German Classic lieder to 20th Century music. Venues have included the New York Festival of Song, Westchester Philharmonic, and the Library of Congress. Oratorio work has included Cantatas in Context with the Orchestra of St. Luke.