Benjamin Wayne Smith
Director of Opera
Associate Professor of Opera
M.F.A., Opera Stage Directing, M.M., Vocal Performance, B.M. Vocal Performance, University of Cincinnati/CCM
Stage Director Benjamin Wayne Smith has led nineteen new productions since 2000, ranging from Pergolesi’s La serva padrona to Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. He brings a balance of practical experience and innovative storytelling to his projects, which have been hailed by Opera News as “full of comic inventiveness."
In 2012, Ben directed all of the Mozart/Da Ponte collaborations. He directed new productions of Don Giovanni (Baldwin Wallace University) and Così fan tutte (Intermountain Opera Association). He also devised and directed a new reduction of Le nozze di Figaro for the University of Cincinnati’s new summer program: Conducting Mozart Opera. In February 2013, Smith directed Britten's The Turn of the Screw at Baldwin Wallace University which he programmed to celebrate the composer’s 2013 centenary.
Ben has directed for Seattle Opera's Young Artist Program, Tacoma Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, The Intermountain Opera Association, the Young Artist Program at Pittsburgh Opera, the University of Cincinnati/CCM, Baldwin Wallace University and The Opera Theater of Lucca, Italy.
Office Phone: 440.826.2405