06.01.17Rigoletto (Verdi), Monterone; San Francisco Opera
"Among supporting roles... Smith delivers a dusky, muscular account as Count Monterone whose bitingly fateful curse addles Rigoletto."
- James Ambroff-Tahan, San Francisco Examiner, June 2017
04.02.17George London Foundation Recital Series
"Smith’s voluminous instrument has a fine-grained veneer. This allows his voice to speak as well as it sings... In four songs by Chausson, Smith’s French diction was pristine and pointed, his phrasing artistic and sophisticated... He found delicacy there and in “Sérénade italienne," where he demonstrated a lovely messa di voce on the word “voix." Carlisle Floyd’s Pilgrimage, Solo Cantata on Biblical Texts was stern and unyielding, but the piece suited Smith’s elemental sound and personal intensity. He took a demonstrable emotional journey in “Nemico della patria" from Andrea Chénier, tapping Gérard’s humility, especially when he sang “io piango" (I weep). In contrast, his imperial Amonasro was not to be crossed in the Nile scene from Aida..."
- Joanne Sydney Lessner, Opera News, June 2017
03.12.17Madame Butterfly (Puccini), Bonzo; The Dallas Opera
"Reginald Smith, Jr. elevates the role of Butterfly’s vengeful uncle to prominence when he crashes the wedding to disown Butterfly for converting to Christianity. He is truly frightening when he furiously storms in."
- Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, Theater Jones, March 2017
01.28.17La Traviata (Verdi), Germont; Opera Carolina
"Even more impressive vocally was the rich baritone of Reginald Smith, Jr., as Germont. A rather appropriately stolid figure on stage, Smith used his impressive vocal gifts with nuance in portraying the dignified but stern character of the father. He also was able to convey the empathy of the character at the tragic denouement. This was an imposing performance."
- Luther Wade, Opera News, January 2017
11.19.16Symphony no. 9 (Beethoven), Bass Soloist; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
"The standout among the vocal soloists was Reginald Smith Jr. The warmth and amplitude of his baritone was matched by the communicative impact of his singing, starting with the electric, hall-filling charge he gave to Friedrich Schiller's opening lines about raising voices in joyful song."
- Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun, November 2016
10.01.15Opera News Feature
\"Reginald Smith, Jr. , has one of the most exciting baritone sounds to come along in years. His voice is ample and thrillingly dramatic...\"
- Brian Kellow, Opera News, October 2015