The Golden Cockerel | Santa Fe Opera

July/August 2017

"Mr. Smagur has an attractive lyric tenor with a vivid presence."

-Opera Today


Elijah | Tuscon Desert Chorale

"Smagur turned out to be something very special...then he started to sing, his voice at once tender and vulnerable before giving way to an amazing confidence and control that defied his age — 25 years — and sucked us into another place. He followed Fink's lead and gave a compassionate performance that made you wonder: When will he win his Grammy, or make his Metropolitan Opera debut, and will we be lucky enough to see it and tell people around us, "I saw him when ... "?"

- Cathalena E. Burch, Arizona Daily Star

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Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Grand Finals 2017

"Richard Smagur’s Flower Song, “La fleur que tu m’avais jetée,” with a beautifully balanced range throughout, received a healthy reaction from the audience with his legato phrasing and ending with a lingering diminuendo."

- Opera Wire

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Peter Grimes | Indiana University

February 2017

"As seen Saturday night, there was more than physical stature to put the title character in bold relief against his social background. Richard Smagur displayed a voice that soared and raged, a glowing tenor that remained firm yet revealing of Grimes' anguish. His physical carriage made him appear to loom over his fellows even while steadily sinking under the weight of lifelong disappointment and alienation."

- Jay Harvey Upstage

Read the full review here, and watch Mr. Smagur's acclaimed performance here.


The Flying Dutchman | Houston Grand Opera

October 2018

"Tenor Richard Trey Smagur, a member of the HGO Studio training program, delivered the Steersman’s aria with ring and spirit, plus a dash of tenderness when the topic turned to the sweetheart waiting at home."

-Texas Classical Review


Houston Grand Opera

December 2018

“The HGO Studio artist, a tenor, had small but crucial parts in both of the company’s fall productions, first supplying much-needed levity to “The Flying Dutchman” as a helmsman who can’t seem to stay awake. Then, in “La bohème,” his magnetic toymaster Parpignol led a triumphant children’s parade through the crowded marketplace during Act 2, a colorful and ready-made diversion from the quartet of lovers squabbling at a nearby cafe.”

-Houston Chronicle 

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Click here to watch Mr. Smagur's 2016 performance of

B.F. Pinkerton under the baton of maestro Arthur Fagen