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Esme Bronwen-Smith


British mezzo-soprano Esme Bronwen-Smith is in her last 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 2020/21 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 recent operatic engagements include the title role in Holst’s Sāvitri (HGO), Angelina (La Cenerentola, RCM Opera scenes), Unulfo (Rodelinda, RCM Opera Studio) and covering the role of Smeton (Anna Bolena, Longborough Opera Festival).

Esme has recently completed a 5 week course at the Gary Condès Acting studio and will be performing 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 was the winner of the 2020 Royal College of Music Lieder competition and is a finalist in the 2021 Lies Askonas competition this May.

Last updated: Aug 2021