Jason Barry-Smith studied at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. He has performed in some of Opera Queensland’s most successful productions including the roles of Dandini in Cinderella, Pish-Tush in The Mikado, Handsome in The Girl of the Golden West, Count Danilo Danilowitsch in The Merry Widow, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Gabriel von Eisenstein and Doctor Falke in Die Fledermaus, Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, Schaunard in La bohème, and the title roles in The Barber of Seville and Don Giovanni. He has also received praise for his roles as Cristian in A Masked Ball, Doctor Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Dancairo and Moralès in Carmen, Marullo in Rigoletto, Dandini in Cinderella, The Bird Seller in Sweeney Todd, Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly and Mathieu in Andrea Chénier.
Jason has performed the title role in Billy Budd for the Brisbane Biennial Festival of Music, and featured as Papageno in The Magic Flute for Opera Australia (Opera on the Beach), Guglielmo in Così fan tutte for the Tokyo Arts Foundation, Mathieu in Andrea Chénier and Belcore in The Elixir of Love for the State Opera of South Australia. He created the roles of Samuel in Electric Lenin for NORPA and Julian in Quartet for the New Zealand Arts Festival, and also appeared as Mamoud in The Death of Klinghoffer, Jason has performed the title role in The Barber of Seville for New Zealand Opera, Enjolras in Les Misérables for Wellington Operatic, Tony in West Side Story for Brisbane Festival, Major-General Stanley in the Pirates of Penzance for Essgee Entertainment, and Escamillo in Carmen for Opera 21 in Belfast.
Jason has received the Queensland Conservatorium Medal for Excellence, Marianne Mathy Scholarship and Opera Foundation Australia’s Italian Opera Award.
Jason is pictured here singing in the Queensland Pops Orchestra’s 2014 New Year’s Eve concert.