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Warrick-Smith, Pamela

Pamela Warrick-Smith, contralto, is a native of Detroit, Michigan. She has appeared on opera and concert stages throughout the United States, Europe, the Far East, and West Africa. She has performed as a soloist with such organizations as the Cantata Academy and the Kenneth Jewell Chorale of Detroit, Michigan, The Alliance for American Song, Musica Sacra, the 92nd Street Y, the Bang on a Can contemporary music festival, and the Music Before 1800 Series in New York.

Her varied operatic roles include Vera Boronel in Gian-Caro Menotti's The Consul, Mamma Lucia in Pietro Mascagni's Cavelleria Rusticana, and Stuart Wallace's Kabbalah. She made her New York Metropolian Opera debut as Schwertleite in Richard Wagner's Die Walkure.

Pamela has also received critical acclaim as a performer of folk and popular music, and has worked extensively in theatre, cabaret, radio, television, and recording. She took part in the Radio City Music Hall production of Porgy and Bess on Broadway, and has made several appearances as a soloist at Carnegie Hall with such artists as Pete Seeger, Ariel Ramirez, and Peter, Paul and Mary. She has also been featured several times on Garrison Keillor's American Radio Show.

Pamela has toured as a member and soloist with such groups as the Gregg Smith Singers, the Norman Luboff Choir, the Düsing Singers, and Robert De Cormier Singers. She sings on such albums as Songs of Liberty with the De Cormier Singers and the New York Choral Society, Rags and Riches and The Cool of the Day with the Düsing Singers, Spiritual Songs with Alice Parker and the Musicians of Melodious Accord, and Tales of Wonder, Welcome the Child, The Song of Mark and Agapé, the music of Marty Haugen. She has three albums of her own: Work, Fight and Pray, released by Greenhays Recordings, and Flowers of Joy and Take Me to the Water, released by GIA Publications. Her most recent work includes recordings with The Cathedral Singers, John Bell conducting, The Last Journey, and with Donna Peña and Theresa Donohoo, One Heart.

Pamela Warrick-Smith was the 1993 winner of the Backstage Bistro award in New York for outstanding vocalist in cabaret.