Brian Smith Walters

  • Tannhäuser – Walther
  • Parsifal – First Knight and Third Esquire

Described by Pierre Boulez as ‘un musicien formidable’, tenor Brian Smith Walters  began his musical career as a French horn player before turning to singing. In recent years, Brian has performed such roles as Tristan (Tristan und Isolde), the title rôle in Parsifal, Siegmund (Die Walküre), the title role in Peter Grimes, Loge Das Rheingold, Schreiber (Tannhäuser), Don José (Carmen), Male Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia), and Samson (Samson et Dalila) as well as creating the rôles of Jacko (Jacko’s Hour), Sampiero (Dreamhunter), and Lenny (The Choker).

In contemporary music, he has premiered various works by Nicola LeFanu, Michael Torke, Domenic Muldowney, Ailis Ni Riain, and Elfyn Jones and has collaborated with Harrison Birtwistle, Oliver Knussen, and Pierre Boulez on performances of their works. As a student, Brian was the UK’s sole representative to the first Lucerne Festival academy for contemporary music.

Brian has performed on BBC Radios 3 and 4; SWR Radio (Switzerland); NDR Radio and Television (Germany); and African Television. He has worked with conductors Valery Gergiev, Sir Mark Elder, and Christoph Eschenbach in festivals such as Lucerne, Schleswig-Holstein, Longborough, Buxton, Grange Park, and Aldeburgh.

The Financial Times called Brian ‘full-blooded.’ Wagner News said ‘Smith Walters’ voice assumed a beautiful, bronzed sheen, with “Wälse! Wälse! ringing out like a battle cry and “Winterstürme” triumphantly tender.’ The Argus remarked ‘[he] has all the timbre of heroism.’  This is his debut with Saffron Opera Group.