Artist spotlight

Devony Smith

Noted for her “strong” voice and “dramatic conviction” (New York Times), Devony Smith is a versatile vocalist excelling in both contemporary and traditional repertoire.  A champion of art song, Devony made her Lincoln Center recital debut as the Grand Prize Winner of the MIMF Art Song competition. At Carnegie Hall, she participated in the prestigious Song Continues Workshop with Marilyn Horne, Renée Fleming, and Graham Johnson.

Devony particularly relishes the opportunity to perform contemporary works. She performed the world premiere of a song cycle curated by Laura Kaminsky with poetry by Elaine Sexton, which she performed with “breathtaking, tear-jerking, empathy” (Classical Voice America). As a 2017 fellow at Ravinia Steans Music Institute, she collaborated with composer William Bolcom in a concert of his art songs. As a Marc and Eva Stern Fellow at Songfest in 2013, she performed the world premiere of Ben Moore’s “John and Abigail” and the west coast premiere of John Musto’s “Six Scottish Songs.”

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