Jason Barry-Smith

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Jason Barry-Smith
Born (1969-12-12) 12 December 1969 (age 47)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Genres opera
Occupation(s) operatic baritone, vocal coach, composer, musical director, arranger, and creative director
Associated acts Queensland Youth Choir

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 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]


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Jason Barry Smith, Winner of the Marianne Mathy Scholarship


  • Something to Sing About (1985) with the Queensland Youth Choir
  • Encore (1992) with Vocalpoint
  • Smiley – The Musical – John Watson (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


Personal life[edit]

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


  1. ^ Queensland Conservatorium: Graduate Success
  2. ^ a b Mathy Award Winner 1992
  3. ^ Opera Foundation Australia: Award & Scholarship Winners
  4. ^ University of Southern Queensland – McGregor Schools: Music Theatre Workshop
  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 Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ Waltzing Our Matilda 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, Opera Queensland
  13. ^ Taryn Davis: "Musical couple take up Banjo" (9 April 2009)

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