Devony Smith, mezzo-soprano, hails from Watsonville, California and is currently based in Vienna, Austria. The 19-20 season contained a variety of debuts for Devony. In the Fall of 2019, she appeared with Brooklyn Art Song Society, performing Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne. Shortly after, she was a soloist in Mahler’s Symphony no.4 with the Colburn Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Yehuda Gilad.
In the Winter of 2019, Devony was a featured recitalist with the Caramoor Center for Music and Arts. Her appearances in the early 2020 season included a fully staged production of Dichterliebe with the New Orchestra of Washington. In the 20-21 season, Devony will create the role of the Lover in Kate Soper’s new opera The Romance of the Rose and have her debut as Maddalena with Boheme Jersey Opera in Verdi’s Rigoletto. In addition, she will be featured in a program of Schubert Lieder with the Brooklyn Art Song Society.
"'SHAMES TRIPLE ARIA TRANSFORMATION' [WAS] PERFORMED WITH DRAMATIC CONVICTION BY DEVONY SMITH."
-CORINNA DA FONESCA-WOLLHEIM
Devony’s recent stage credits include Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Midatlantic Opera Company, the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon with Utopia Opera, and a long relationship with Kate Soper’s work Here Be Sirens, which she has taken on tour in three different seasons, including an appearance at National Sawdust. Devony’s theatrical experiences extend beyond opera: at Smothers Theater in Malibu, CA, she appeared in Irene Molloy in Hello, Dolly! and Mother Jones in Robert Shenkkan’s The Kentucky Cycle, a seven-hour-long play cycle in which she also sang Appalachian folk ballads while playing the fiddle. Devony received her B.A. from Pepperdine University, where she performed Meg in Adamo’s Little Women under the tutelage of the composer.
A champion of concert work, she made her Lincoln Center recital debut as the Grand Prize Winner of the MIMF Art Song competition. Devony was a finalist in the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Competition, where she received the Lyndon Woodside Award. At Carnegie Hall, she participated in the prestigious Song Continues Workshop with Marilyn Horne, Renée Fleming, and Graham Johnson. In 2019, she was featured as a recitalist by Carnegie Hall’s Citywide Concerts through the Marilyn Horne Legacy at Carnegie Hall. Devony was chosen as a Schwab Vocal Rising Star with a collaboration between the Caramoor Center and New York Festival of Song, with whom she made a debut at the Merkin Concert Hall. As a Sorel Fellow at Songfest, she performed John Harbison’s Simple Daylight for Harbison’s 80th birthday celebration. As a 2017 fellow at Ravinia Steans Music Institute, she collaborated with William Bolcom in a presentation of his Cabaret Songs. As a Marc and Eva Stern Fellow at Songfest, she performed the world premiere of Ben Moore’s John and Abigail and the west coast premiere of John Musto’s Six Scottish Songs.