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. With this performance, she marks her third appearance with the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, having previously been soprano soloist for the Verdi Requiem, Verdi and Britten Concert, Mozart C minor mass, and Countess in Le nozze di Figaro.
Ms. Chapman-Smith recently sang the role of Lily (Porgy and Bess) at Lyric Opera of Chicago, a role she also performed in their 2008 production. With Opera Birmingham Ms. Chapman-Smith has performed several roles including Clorinda (Cenerentola), about which Michael Huebner of The Birmingham News remarked, "The role of Clorinda was engagingly sung, Veronica Chapman-Smith milked the sister’s arrogance and ineptitude for all it’s worth.” As Liu (Turandot) with Opera Birmingham, Mr. Huebner noted that Ms. Chapman-Smith “sang passionately in the tear-jerking Act 1 aria, ‘Signore, ascolta,’ her final high pianissimo notes suspended in pure beauty.”
Ms. Chapman-Smith has performed a wide assortment of operatic roles, including Sandrina (La Finta Giardiniera) with Elysium Concert Opera of Philadelphia, Gianetta (The Gondoliers), First Lady (The Magic Flute), and Clara (Porgy and Bess) with Opera Delaware, Nedda (I Pagliacci) with Sycamore Opera, and The Cousin (Madama Butterfly), Solo Gospel Quartet (Coffin in Egypt), and Solo voice for a commissioned piece by Lembit Beecker titled I Have No Story to Tell with Opera Philadelphia.
Ms. Chapman-Smith has also been a soloist with leading orchestras and choral groups, performing with West Shore Symphony and Memphis Symphony (Home for The Holidays), Colorado Symphony (Opera of The Rocks), Charlotte Symphony (Holiday Concert), Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, Ursinus College, and Orquestra Sinfonica Municipal de Caracas to name a few. In addition to her private teaching studio, Ms. Chapman-Smith is an Artist in Residence at Temple University.
Ms. Chapman-Smith is glad to be returning to Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival. With family living in the area, SVBF is like a second home. Ms. Chapman-Smith is also glad to share the stage with John Fulton again after singing with him at Opera Colorado in 2004.