Nicholas Hurndall Smith studied music whilst organ scholar at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, before training as a singer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under David Pollard, supported by The Leverhulme Trust.
He began his career with a Rodney Milnes review in Opera Magazine: “The tenor Nicholas Smith shone especially brightly, a most accomplished actor as well as an inventive singer”. He has since been equally at home on the operatic and concert stages, in roles by Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Britten and Stravinsky and he appears all over the world with a variety of conductors and ensembles, with Monteverdi and Bach being special favourites. His operatic roles include Lurcanio, Snout and Don Curzio for English Touring Opera, Tamino for Longborough Festival Opera, McHeath and Flute for Opera Project, and Ecclitico, Sellem and Normanno at Iford Arts.
He sings regularly in the acclaimed Bach Weekend with the Feinstein Ensemble at Kings Place, performing Bach’s Passions and Cantatas. With London Concert Choir he has sung Haydn’s The Seasons and the Mozart Requiem, and has sung Britten’s St Nicolas with both the London Mozart Players and the English Chamber Orchestra. He has also appeared with Fretwork in a recital of Purcell and Dowland. He has been a member of the solo voice ensemble I Fagiolini for over thirty years, taking part in their innovative staged productions, films, recordings and world-wide tours. With them he sang the title role in Carissimi’s Jonah in the BBC Proms, Apollo in their production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo with puppets, and toured their programme ‘Shaping the Invisible’, which marked the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci.
Nicholas also enjoys adding alpine and rock climbs to his repertoire. He recently led an expedition to Pakistan’s Ghujerab Mountains to attempt unclimbed 6000m peaks with members of the Alpine Club.
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