The premiere of my chamber opera, "A Certain Madness", was a success, and I am forever grateful to the wonderful musicians that helped make it possible! Please enjoy some photos from the premiere!
With the premiere of my chamber opera, "A Certain Madness", happening tonight and tomorrow, there's one more feature that I have to post - Aubrey Smith, soprano, who will be playing the role of Madame Desrochés, the mysterious and eccentric medium. Aubrey has sung some of my art song repertoire in the past, and her instrument is truly something to behold. She has such a complete grasp of a wide range of vocal styles, and I've made great use of the versatility of her voice when writing this role for her. You'll hear plenty of vocal-jazz inspired melodies, glissandos, agile lines, and even notated laughter! Read more about Aubrey Smith below!
Aubrey L. Smith, soprano, comes from Springfield, Missouri. She has a Bachelor of Music Education - Vocal Emphasis from Drury University in Springfield, MO (2016). She is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at the University of Missouri - Columbia and also has a teaching assistantship with Dr. R. Paul. Crabb. She studies voice with Professor Steven Tharp and is a member of the MU University Singers. She has played the roles of Alcina in Handel’s opera of the same name, Erzulie in Once On This Island, Gertrude in Seussical: The Musical, and Shelby Thorpe in The Spitfire Grill. In addition to these roles, she has been a soloist for masterwork performances including the soprano soloist in the Faure Requiem. She also served as a rehearsal soloist for Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Poulenc’s Gloria in the MU Choral Union ensemble (2017-18). She placed 1st and 2nd at both local and regional NATS competitions in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Miss Smith also received vocal scholarships at Missouri State University and Drury University for her undergraduate education and has served as a paid soloist at National Avenue Christian Church and Christ Episcopal Church in Springfield, MO for the last 6 years.
ABOUT THE COMPOSER
Hans Bridger Heruth is an award winning composer pursuing a degree in musical composition and vocal performance at the University of Missouri, Columbia. His works have been performed by various ensembles, both educational and professional. In addition to composing, Heruth is an accomplished pianist, violinist, singer, and conductor.