Jermaine Smith’s biography as a tenor is closely associated with the role of Sportin’ Life.
He’s performed at the Sydney Opera House in Australia, Glimmer Glass, Teatro San Carlo in Napli, Italy, Seatle Opera, and Tanglewood Music Festival with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He’s also performed at the Hollywood Bowl’s premiere performance of Porgy & Bess in concert, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Porgy and Bess as well as in Cape Town Opera’s guest engagement at the newly opened opera house in Oslo, Norway a couple of seasons ago.
He’s performed the role in Japan, Germany, Sweden, Austria, The Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Sicily, The Grand Canary Islands and in this country at Union Ave Opera, Opera Pacific, and in Francesca Zambello’s production at both Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera.
His portrayal of the character has graced Paris’s Opera-Comique, the Theatre de Caen, the Granada Festival, the Opera de Luxembourg, and the Santa Fe Symphony.
His other operatic repertoire includes the title role/ Joshua’s Boots (world premiere at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, revival at Kansas City Lyric Opera), Henry Davis/Street Scene and Zodzetrick/ Treemonisha (both with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis). He has made numerous appearances with the St. Louis Symphony. Smith is an alumnus of the New England Conservatory of Music and University of Missouri-St. Louis.