Jason Barry-Smith studied at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. Jason has been Artistic Director of the Queensland Youth Choir, Director of the Opera Queensland Young Artistic Program, Creative Director for Opera Queensland’s Open Stage program, and a member of the 2013 Emerging Leaders Development Program at the Australia Council for the Arts.
He has performed in some of Opera Queensland’s most successful productions including Pish-Tush in The Mikado, Count Danilo Danilowitsch in The Merry Widow, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Doctor Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Dandini in Cinderella, Gabriel von Eisenstein and Doctor Falke in Die Fledermaus, Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, Schaunard in La bohème, and in the title roles in The Barber of Seville and Don Giovanni.
Jason has also performed the title role in Billy Budd for the Brisbane Biennial Festival of Music, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte for the Tokyo Arts Foundation, Papageno in The Magic Flute for Opera Australia – Opera on the Beach, Mathieu in Andrea Chénier and Belcore in L’elisir d’amore for the State Opera of South Australia, Julian in Quartet, Mamoud in The Death of Klinghoffer and the title role in The Barber of Seville for New Zealand Opera, Enjolras in Les Misérables for the Wellington Operatic Society and Major-General Stanley in the Pirates of Penzance for Essgee Entertainment.
In recognition of his outstanding contribution to opera, Jason has received the Queensland Conservatorium Medal for Excellence, Marianne Mathy Scholarship, and Opera Foundation Australia’s Italian Opera Award.