HAYDEN SMITHI first heard Hayden Smith a couple of years ago in a production of Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring, playing to perfection the role of Sid. Later, in a triple bill of one act operas given by Opera d’Arte at CCM this past April, I found the singing of this 19-year old baritone to be well ahead of his chronological age, writing: “Finest among the very fine members of the triple-bill cast, in the role of Sam, the young baritone Hayden Smith, possessor of a burly physique and the voice to go with it, delivered the kind of vocally mature and dramatically honest performance that bodes well for a young man soon to be on the cusp of an operatic career.”

Hayden will be entering his junior year at CCM this fall, studying with Professor Kenneth Shaw. He is in good hands there, as he is also under the direction of Professor Shaw with whom he will be working on the role of Dr. Falke in the upcoming Opera d’Arte production of Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, this coming February.

Hayden has been awarded a $1,000 tuition scholarship at Oregon’s prestigious Saratoga Music Festival. There he will be singing the role of Count Almaviva in an all-student production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.

Cause for celebration? Sure. Bravo, Hayden!

But Hayden needs our help. He needs approximately $2,000 for his round-trip flight and his living expenses in Oregon. He even needs the money to buy the score of Mozart’s opera, so he can start to study it.

And like with most students at CCM, Hayden’s family pays his tuition, and tuition at UC, in case you did not know, is a killer.

Our De Acha Family Foundation has chosen Hayden Smith as its 2018 Young Artist of Great Promise. He will be the recipient of a cash award to be given him in our October 8 Music for All Seasons concert at Peterloon, in which he will also perform.

But that is then and this is now, and you too can help by taking out your checkbook and pen and sending a tax-deductible donation of any amount you can afford payable to the De Acha Family Foundation/MUSIC FOR ALL SEASONS, P0 Box 43172, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243, making sure to write at the bottom of the check: HAYDEN SMITH FUND.

Thank you for your support of a wonderful young artist.

Rafael de Acha

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