Lyric mezzo-soprano Cynthia L. Smith, native of Tennessee, is a vocalist and music educator. Cynthia has performed in the United States, Austria, India, and Switzerland. In April 2017, Cynthia premièred three newly commissioned works by American and Indian composers for voice and harp with Jaclyn Wappel in Chennai, India. Last April, she performed a collaborative recital for bassoon, mezzo-soprano, and piano at the Goethe Institut, also in Chennai. In May, she will perform as a professional chorister with Knoxville Opera (Callaveria rusticana) and Marble City Opera (Suor Angelica). Cynthia’s favorite operatic performances include singing the roles of Dido in Dido and Æneas, Donna Ribalda in P.D.Q Bach’s The Stoned Guest, and Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto.
In addition to performance, Cynthia is a researcher of music related to the Holocaust. As part of this research, she was awarded with a Fulbright US Student Award, where she studied the Theresienstadt compositions of Viktor Ullmann in Basel, Switzerland.
Cynthia is an editor for Modern Singer, Lifestyle Magazine for Today’s Artists. She holds membership in the National Association for Teachers of Singing. Most recently, she taught Western-classical music at KM Music Conservatory in Chennai, India.