Jason Barry-Smith

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Jason Barry-Smith
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Born (1969-12-12) 12 December 1969 (age 50)
Brisbane, Australia
Occupationoperatic baritone, vocal coach, composer, musical director, arranger, creative director

Jason Barry-Smith (born 12 December 1969) is an Australian operatic baritone, vocal coach, composer, and arranger. He works with organisations such as Opera Queensland, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Seven Network, and the Queensland Youth Choir.


Barry-Smith, born in Brisbane, Queensland, is a former student of Kedron State High School. He graduated with a Medal of Excellence from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 1991.[1] He later studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München with Professor Hanno Blaschke [de] during 1989/90 and later in London with Janice Chapman in 1999 and in Rome with Margaret Baker-Genovesi in 2002.


Barry-Smith has received numerous accolades; in 1992 he won the Marianne Mathy Scholarship (The Mathy) in the Australian Singing Competition,[2] in 2001 he won Opera Foundation Australia's Italian Opera Award,[3] and for the first five months of 2002 he was resident at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Italy.[4]

Concert performances[edit]

As a concert soloist, Barry-Smith has performed in Fauré's Requiem (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra), Haydn's Paukenmesse (Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra), Bach's St John Passion (Brisbane Chorale), Nigel Butterley's Lawrence Hargrave Flying Alone (Sydney Symphony), Bach's St Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio and Purcell's Ode to St Cecilia’s Day (Bach Society of Queensland), and as the baritone soloist in the Australian composer's Richard Mills 2001 work, Symphonic Poems. In 2012, Barry-Smith was a soloist in the Australian premiere of Graun's 1755 oratorio Der Tod Jesu. He was the soloist in HK Gruber's Frankenstein!! at the 2016 Four Winds Festival in Bermagui, New South Wales.[5]

Stage roles[edit]

While still studying at the Queensland Conservatorium, he performed the title role in the Australian premiere of Billy Budd. Other roles include:


Barry-Smith made his directorial debut at the 2001 4MBS Festival with Purcell's Dido and Aeneas in which he also sang the role of Æneas; this production won him the Perform 4MBS Award for Opera Production.[2] Barry-Smith has worked as vocal coach and musical director of the Queensland Youth Choir. Together with Narelle French, Opera Queensland's Head of Music, Barry-Smith devised several touring productions for Opera Queensland, notably The Food of Love which ran for several years since 2004, and in 2009 Waltzing Our Matilda, co-written with his wife Leisa Barry-Smith.[8] In 2008, he re-mounted Opera Queensland's production of Hansel and Gretel for its tour of 83 schools through Queensland and northern New South Wales.[9]

He held the position of Artistic Director of the Queensland Youth Choir from 2008 until 2010,[10] taught Musical Theatre/Voice at the University of Southern Queensland's Summer Schools from 2004 until 2014, classical voice at Queensland Conservatorium's Opera school from 2003 until 2013, and from 2009 until 2012 was the Director of Opera Queensland's Young and Developing Artist Program.[11] From 2013 until 2014 he was the Creative Director of Opera Queensland's Open Stage program.[12]



  • Something to Sing About (1985) with the Queensland Youth Choir
  • Encore (1992) with Vocalpoint
  • Smiley – The Musical, based on the 1945 novel for the 1956 film (2003) – Original Studio Recording
  • Misa CriollaAriel Ramírez (2005) with the Queensland Youth Choir
  • Songs of Inspiration (2007) ABC Classics 476 6159
  • Colours of Christmas (2007) with the Queensland Youth Choir
  • Portrait of Dorian Gray – John Wikman (2011) – Original studio recording[citation needed]


Personal life[edit]

Jason Barry-Smith and his wife Leisa, a singer-actor and author, have two sons.[13]


  1. ^ "Graduate Success". Queensland Conservatorium. Griffith University. Archived from the original on 11 October 2009.
  2. ^ a b Mathy Award Winner 1992 Archived 10 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Opera Foundation Australia: Award & Scholarship Winners
  4. ^ University of Southern Queensland – McGregor Schools: Music Theatre Workshop Archived 4 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ 2016 Easter Saturday & Sunday at the Sound Shell, Four Winds Festival
  6. ^ Our Artists: Jason Barry-Smith at Opera Queensland[dead link]
  7. ^ H.M.S. Pinafore (1997) on IMDb
  8. ^ Waltzing Our Matilda Archived 17 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine at Opera Queensland
  9. ^ "Latest News". Opera Queensland. October 2009. Archived from the original on 16 November 2007. Retrieved 8 November 2008.
  10. ^ "QYC Announces New Artistic Director". 5 April 2008. Retrieved 5 April 2009.
  11. ^ "Opera Queensland Presents Season 2009". Australian Stage Online. 4 October 2008. Retrieved 8 November 2008.
  12. ^ Open Stage in the Corporate Workplace Archived 28 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine, Opera Queensland
  13. ^ Taryn Davis: "Musical couple take up Banjo" Archived 29 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine (9 April 2009)

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