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British mezzo-soprano Esme Bronwen-Smith is in her first year of postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music, generously supported on the Leverhulme scholarship and studying under the tutelage of Dinah Harris. She is also a 2019/20 Drake Calleja Trust Scholar and a 2020 Leeds Lieder Young Artist.
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.
Esme’s true passion is most certainly opera, having performed in a variety of productions including the title role in Bizet’s Carmen (Barefoot Opera), Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare (Maldon Summer Festival) and Lucia in Nino Rota’s I due Timidi (Hand Made Opera). Last summer she performed at Longborough Opera Festival covering the role of Smeton in Donitzetti's Anna Bolena.
Whilst studying for her bachelors degree in Music at Royal Holloway University of London she performed as a soloist in orchestral works such as ‘Sehr behaglich’ in Mahler’s Symphony No.4 and Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, both with Royal Holloway Symphony Orchestra.
Although there is indeed a special thrill performing with a large orchestra, Esme loves the intimacy of art song, especially in recital. She won the 2020 Royal College of Music Lieder competition and has performed recitals at St Matthew’s Bayswater, Christchurch Essex and a recital at Ongar Music Club as part of her success in winning second place in Essex Young Musician of the Year 2018.
Her love of theatre and film has also featured in her singing career thus far; she worked closely with Danny Boyle on a variety of projects, including Frankenstein at the National Theatre (2010), Trance (2013), Trainspotting 2 (2017) and most recently an album collaboration with Underworld and Iggy Pop (Teatime Dub Encounters, 2018) in which The Guardian reviewed her voice as ‘Sublime'.