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David Rogers-Smith is highly regarded as a performer of both classical and operatic repertoire and music theatre.

He joined the ensemble of the Australian production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA for CAMERON MACKINTOSH in 1993, understudying the role of the operatic tenor, Ubaldo Piangi. After giving performances in this role regularly he joined the Asian/African touring production of LES MISERABLES also CAMERON MACKINTOSH, appearing as Brujon and understudying the lead role of Jean Valjean. During the LES MISERABLES Cape Town season, however, he was invited back to Australia to play Piangi in the Australasian touring production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, a role he sang some one thousand times in Brisbane, Adelaide, Auckland, Melbourne and Perth.

Other roles during this early period of his career included Kromov in the touring production of THE MERRY WIDOW oppposite Marina Prior and the Ziegfeld Tenor opposite Caroline O’Connor in FUNNY GIRL for THE PRODUCTION COMPANY. In 1999 he starred as Buddy Plummer in FOLLIES IN CONCERT at the CROWN SHOWROOM opposite Nancy Hayes and John O’May, he made guest solo appearances in A NIGHT AT THE OPERA for INDEPENDENT CLASSICS, A NIGHT AT THE OPERA and FORBIDDEN BROADWAY 2000. He also appeared in the cast of CHAMBERMADE OPERA’s season of GAUGIN-A SYNTHETIC LIFE in the 2000 MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL.

David Rogers-Smith made his operatic debut in the role of The Slave in the MELBOURNE FESTIVAL’s 2001 season of SALOME featuring the KIROV OPERA.

Of his performance of the lead role of Michele in THE SAINT OF BLEECKER STREET for MELBOURNE LYRIC OPERA in 2003 the HERALD SUN wrote, magnificently sung and brilliantly portrayed. He also appeared in the title role of Mozart’s THE IMPRESARIO for EMOTIONWORKS, appeared as soloist in Mozart’s REQUIEM for ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL in Melbourne and was soloist for concerts for the BAROSSA MUSIC FESTIVAL, with the MELBOURNE YOUTH ORCHESTRA and with the AUSTRALIAN POPS ORCHESTRA at the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE.

2004 included his debut in a concert of music by Andrew Lloyd Webber with the SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, further concerts with the MELBOURNE YOUTH ORCHESTRA, performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s REQUIEM with ROYAL MELBOURNE PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY, the title role in Britten’s cantata, ST. NICHOLAS with the GEELONG CHORAL SOCIETY, appearances as soloist in BEST OF BRITISH for the AUSTRALIAN POPS ORCHESTRA at the MELBOURNE CONCERT HALL and in CAROLS AT COMO PARK.

The same year also saw the start of his ongoing association with MELBOURNE OPERA, singing the lead role of Pinkerton in MADAMA BUTTERFLY, performances he repeated for the company in 2005, the SUNDAY HERALD SUN writing, powerful and lusty… a fine characterisation.

2005 also included guest solo appearances in the MELBOURNE TOWN HALL PROMS SERIES and the MISSA CRIOLLA for the NATIONAL BOYS’ CHOIR at HAMER HALL, Melbourne.

From 2006 to 2009 David reprised the role of Piangi in the international touring production (Taipei, Hong Kong, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Auckland) of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, bringing the count to over two thousand, five hundred performances. 

With MELBOURNE OPERA has sung the lead tenor roles of Canio in I PAGLIACCI, Pinkerton in MADAMA BUTTERFLYDanilo in THE MERRY WIDOW, Don José in CARMEN and the title role in Gounod’s FAUST.

2012 saw David release his first solo recording titled DAVID ROGERS-SMITH - a little bit in love; complete the CARMEN tour; more Danilos in THE MERRY WIDOW; play the starring role of Albin/ZaZa in LA CAGE AUX FOLLES opposite John O'May and sing some national anthems for the Bledisloe Cup and the Melbourne Rebels.

Most recently with VICTORIAN OPERA David has performed roles in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE; INTO THE WOODS; originated the role of Alex in THE RIDERS and in 2015 will be performing in the third Sondheim work SWEENEY TODD.