Praised for the distinctive warmth and richness of his voice, American baritone Michael Paul Smith is increasingly in demand as a soloist having performed with a variety of theatre companies and symphony orchestras. His operatic roles are numerous, including Papageno in Mozart’s Magic Flute, Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Amonasro in Verdi’s Aida, Tonio in Leoncavallos’ Pagliacci, Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen and Porgy and Crown in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, to name a few. A native Californian, Smith comes from a musical family with nine children. He began singing at an early age with his older brother and sister in church choirs and musical productions.
Possessing a deep and rich baritone, Smith’s “extraordinary voice shines…” His musical biography is eclectic—his vocal style incorporates various genres of music from spirituals, R&B, gospel, inspirational, musical theatre and opera. He has worked with acclaimed artists such as Placido Domingo, Florence Quivar, Vincent Cole, Little Richard, Lou Rawls, Peabo Bryson, B. J. Ward, Audrey McDonald, Walter Hawkins, Edwin Hawkins, Tramaine Hawkins, Andre Crouch and Greg Baker.
Smith has performed with the Torrance, Redlands, Santa Barbara, Nat Holden, and Long Beach theatre and opera companies in Southern California and with the Honolulu, Shanghai, and Beijing symphonies. He has toured throughout the United States, as well as Germany, Italy, Austria, China and Japan.