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Faculty Recital Set

Faculty Recital Set

The McNeese State University Department of Performing Arts will present a free faculty recital featuring Dr. Bret Smithey, bass-baritone, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in Ralph Squires Recital Hall of the Shearman Fine Arts Center.

The program,  "Winter's Journey: Reinterpreting Franz Schubert's 'Winterreise' through Sight and Sound," will also include Lina Morita on piano, Libby Looney as choreographer, Brett Dering, visual art, Colleen Cannon Benoit, Samantha Courville, Emily Looney, Libby Richards, Katie Blum, Amy Sonnier and Camryn Miller, dancers from the Lake Charles Dance Academy.

A native of Charlotte, N.C., Smithey made his Washington Symphony debut in Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony.  He has sung with regional opera companies throughout the United States, including the Knoxville Opera, the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, the Natchez Opera Festival, Cartersville Opera, Princeton Opera, the National Opera Company and the Brevard Music Festival. Smithey has sung roles in multiple operas such as "Don Giovanni," "The Consul," "Midsummer Nights' Dream," "La Bohéme," "El Capitan," "Le Nozze di Figaro," "Carmen," "Roméo et Juliet" and "Amahl and the Night Visitors."

Smithey has also appeared with other symphonies including the Tallahassee Symphony, the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra and the Pensecola Symphony. He has sung the bass solo in Bach's "Cantata No. 61," the Fauré Requiem, the Duruflé Requiem, Bach's "St. Matthew Passion," Mozart's "Coronation Mass," Schubert's "Mass in E flat," Stainer's "Crucifixion" and Handel's "Messiah."

He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College, his Master of Music degree from the University of Tennessee and his doctorate with a concentration in opera performance from Florida State University.
For more information, call the department of performing arts at 475-5028. Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at