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Jason Barry-Smith sings Cole Porter and more

Jason Barry-Smith, baritone and Luke Volker, piano

14 min watch

Brisbane born Jason Barry-Smith is an operatic baritone. He is a regular guest on QPAC stages performing with Opera Queensland and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra amongst many others.

In this special performance brought to you by QPAC and introduced by QPAC Producer Paul Dellit, Jason sings a few of his favourite songs, alongside Luke Volker on piano.


Franz Lehár “You are my heart’s delight” (from The Land of Smiles)

This beautiful song is perhaps the most famous example of what became known as a ‘Tauberlied’ – a song specifically written to highlight the vocal qualities of Lehar’s close friend tenor Richard Tauber who performed the lead role in numerous productions of Lehar operettas.

Gilbert & Sullivan “When I Was a Lad” (from HMS Pinafore)

This popular classic features Sir Joseph describing his meteoric rise to the position of First Lord of the Admiralty, despite having never seen a ship.

Cole Porter “The Tale of the Oyster” (from Fifty Million Frenchmen)

This witty number from the 1929 Broadway hit musical sends up high society with the tale of a ‘bivalve social climber’.


Jason Barry-Smith is a graduate of the Queensland ConservatoriumHis professional experience embraces opera, concerts,and musical comedy. 

Luke Volker is a graduate of QUT and the Queensland Conservatorium. He is in high demand as a music director, arranger, vocal coach, and accompanist.


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