With a voice that has been described as “exquisite,” “sublime,” and “pure beauty,” soprano Veronica Chapman-Smith has performed with opera companies and orchestras across the country while keeping firm roots in her hometown of Philadelphia. She has performed with small choruses and full orchestras, in intimate outdoor venues and major opera houses. She is an Artist in Residence at Temple University and has sung as a core member of many local choral ensembles, but frequently travels outside of the area to perform.
Ms. Chapman-Smith has sung roles for opera companies all over the country including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Birmingham, Opera Company of Philadelphia, and Opera Colorado to name a few. Of her finessed and dramatic portrayal of Liu, the press remarked that “(she) sang passionately in the tear-jerking Act 1 aria, “Signore, ascolta,” her final high pianissimo notes suspended in pure beauty. In Act 3, she provided one of the opera’s most startling and poignant moments when she stabbed herself at the end of “Tu che di gel.”
Ms. Chapman-Smith is known for her very versatile vocal abilities. Her recital performance with famed mezzo Marietta Simpson was praised by the Birmingham Times, “Veronica Chapman-Smith’s agility and confidence in the upper register created some of the concert’s most sublime passages. Her embellishments in ‘Ride On King Jesus’ were exquisite." Mrs. Chapman-Smith has been a soloist for Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, Charlotte Symphony, Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, Ursinus College, In Clara Voce, and Orquestra Sinfonica Municipal de Caracas to name a few.
Ms. Chapman-Smith’s recent engagements include singing in the “negro” chorus for The Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Showboat, madrigal singer in Opera Company of Philadelphia’s Manon, and Clara and First Lady in Opera Delaware’s productions of Porgy and Bess and The Magic Flute.