Dena Sullivan-Smith's rich soprano voice has been enchanting audiences for more than two decades. A gifted musician from an early age, Sullivan-Smith is frequently in demand thanks to her ability to learn music quickly and without an accompanist. She appears frequently as a soloist in oratorios and other sacred works, but she is equally at home on the dramatic stage, having dozens of opera and musical theatre roles under her belt.
Since 2010, Sullivan-Smith has been a core cast member of The Bluegrass Opera, where she has earned principal roles in eight productions, including the lead role of Mom in the company’s modern premiere of Pulitzer winner Ernst Bacon’s A Tree on the Plains. She was also a featured soloist in the world premiere of Lorne Dechtenberg’s oratorio King of Glory. In each case, she can be heard on the original cast album of the work, which has been released internationally.
Although Sullivan-Smith’s voice is big enough to fill any space, she has the maturity to use that power judiciously. Her flexibility, coupled with her affinity for new works, has also led her to be hired as a vocalist for demo recordings. In 2015, Sullivan-Smith will return to the stage for two roles with The Bluegrass Opera (one in residence and one on tour), and she will also be working on a recording project consisting of new arias and art songs.
Sullivan-Smith, the mother of two grown daughters, currently resides in Lexington with her husband Jim and their three dogs, Ginger, Pepper, and Mozart. For booking inquiries, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .