Kathryn Smith has been General Director of Madison Opera since 2011. She is a board member of OPERA America, a judge for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and has served on an advisory panel for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Under her leadership, Madison Opera has expanded its repertoire with ten company premieres, launched a Studio Artist Program, and built the Madison Opera Center, a new artistic and administrative home in downtown Madison. In Business
magazine named her one of the "25 Most Influential People in Greater Madison" in 2014.
Smith began her career at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Wolf Trap Opera before moving on to the Metropolitan Opera, where she became assistant artistic administrator. She was general director of Tacoma Opera for seven years, during which time she received ArtsFund’s 2008 "Outstanding Achievement in the Arts" award.
A native of Seattle and graduate of Harvard University, Smith lives in Madison.