Grant Smith - Magnormos Contributing ArtistGrant Smith

Magnormos credits: 'DEAR WORLD (JERRY HERMAN TRIPTYCH)'.

Grant Smith trained in music and dance in Western Australia and subsequently at the Royal College of Music Opera School in London.

Early experience in Gilbert and Sullivan, Concert and Oratorio was later followed by several years' full time experience in the West End in Music Theatre and Cabaret including roles in SWEENEY TODD at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Barnum at the London Palladium and Nightingale at the Lyric Hammersmith.

Australian audiences will remember Grant's standout performances as Gus the Theatre Cat and Growltiger during the premiere season of CATS at the Theatre Royal Sydney in 1985-86 and in Melbourne in 1987. A return to the Opera stage in the 1990s saw Grant work with the National company and most of the State Opera companies but especially with Chamber Made Opera in Melbourne in their productions of GREEK, SWEET DEATH, THE CARS THAT ATE PARIS, MEDEA (at the Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C.), and DR FORBES WILL SEE YOU NOW.

In 1995, Grant received rave reviews for his performances as Lumiere in the Walt Disney musical BEAUTY AND THE BEAST for which he was nominated for a Green Room award.

In July 2000 Grant performed the role of The Architect in THE EIGHT WONDER for Opera Australia for which he received the inaugural Sir Robert Helpmann Award for Best Male Performance in an Opera.
Other roles performed for Opera Australia include Danilo in THE MERRY WIDOW, (also for Western Australian Opera and Canterbury Opera, Christchurch) Eisenstein in DIE FLEDERMAUS (aslo for W.A. Opera) Arthur Stace in ETERNITY MAN by Jonathan Mills and Pirelli in the Opera Australia production of SWEENEY TODD for State Opera of South Australia and Opera Queensland.

More recent performances have included the Bard in BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE and the Haushofmeister in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS for Opera Victora, Dad in SLEEPING BEAUTY and Mr Peachum in THE THREEPENNY OPERA for the Malthouse theatre. Grant will again appear as Mr Peacham in THE THREEPENNY OPERA as part of the 2011 Sydney Theatre Company season in September.