From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Smith, Andrew William

(born: 1941) 

Andrew W. Smith was born in Lexington, KY. He earned a bachelor's degree from Kentucky State University and a master's from Roosevelt University.

He made his operatic debut in 1969 and has sung with the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Buffalo Philharmonic. He was also an international baritone soloist with the Metropolitan Opera. He returned to Kentucky in 1997 to direct the Kentucky State University opera program.

For more see "Andrew Smith, Baritone," The Negro Almanac, 5th ed.; "Love 'Jones'," Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/16/1997; M. Davis, "Opera took him away, brought him back," Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/31/2006, Health/Family section, p. D1; and "Andrew William Smith" at the Find-a-Grave website.

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