Robert Dean Smith
After contracts in Kassel, Augsburg and Bremen, he arrived at the Nationaltheater Mannheim (1995–99). He specialized in Wagner, and in 1997, he made his Bayreuth debut, stepping in for Peter Seiffert as Stolzing; he was a big success, and hence returned to Bayreuth almost every year until 2012, singing also Lohengrin, Siegmund and notably Tristan. His everyday work was now at theaters like La Scala, Vienna Staatsoper, Paris Opéra, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Staatsoper Dresden, Teatro Real Madrid, Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Covent Garden London, San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Opernhaus Zürich, Metropolitan Opera New York.
Other than the roles already mentioned, he sang Tannhäuser, Erik, Parsifal, Florestan, José, Alvaro, German, Kaiser, Bacchus, des Grieux (Manon Lescaut)... an heldentenor as far as repertory, but with no heft, no metal, no voice, an early example of the trend towards sorely underpowered voices that has now led to tenori di grazia singing Pollione and Arnold.
Smith had a long career, and at age 66, he was still fully active.
Reference 1; reference 2: Kutsch & Riemens
I would like to thank Thomas Silverbörg for the recording (Meistersinger) and picture.