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British mezzo-soprano Esme Bronwen-Smith recently graduated with a Masters in Vocal Performance from  the Royal College of Music where she won both the 2020 Lieder Competition and the 2021 Lies Askonas Competition.

Whilst at the RCM, Esme  studied with Dinah Harris, Caroline Dowdle and her current teacher, Rosa Mannion. She was generously supported by the Leverhulme Scholarship and was a Drake Calleja Trust Scholar for 19/20 .  


She made her professional singing debut as a soloist in the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony whilst at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama studying voice and composition.

In recital she has sung for song festivals such as Oxford Lieder and Leeds Lieder as a 2020/21 Leeds Lieder Young Artist, where she won the 2021 Leeds Lieder Young Artist/ Schubert Institute UK Song Prize.

She has performed a variety of theatrical and operatic roles including Unulfo in Händel’s Rodelinda (RCM Opera), The title role in Holst’s Sāvitri (HGO and Barnes Music Festival), The Devil in Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale (RCM and Central School of Ballet), Angelina in Rossini’s La Cenerentola (RCM Opera Scenes) and Smeton in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena (Longborough Opera Festival).

Esme was recently a member of  the Gary Condès Acting studio and performed  the role of 'The Devil' in Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale, a collaboration project with Sir Thomas Allen, RCM and the Central School of Ballet.

Theatre and film has always feature heavily in her career; she has worked closely with Danny Boyle on a variety of projects, including Frankenstein at the National Theatre (2010), Trance (2013), Trainspotting 2 (2017) and a collaboration with Underworld and Iggy Pop (Teatime Dub Encounters, 2018) in which The Guardian reviewed her voice as ‘Sublime'.

Esme is excited to be making her Cherubino role debut in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro with Hampstead Garden Opera this November.  

Tickets are still available, message Esme for details or follow link on the 'Engagements' page.

Press Kit

PDF versions of Esme's CV, Biography and Headshot are available here for download for use upon professional engagement.

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