Aidan Smith

Aidan Smith studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal Academy of Music, supported by the Stokes Scholarship, and the National Opera Studio.

Operatic roles include Ben Budge The Beggar’s Opera (ROH), Betto Gianni Schicchi (English Touring Opera/Opera Holland Park), Drunken Poet The Fairy Queen (ETO), Larkins La Fanciulla del West, Farmer Boggis Fantastic Mr Fox and Le Corporal La Fille du Regiment (Opera Holland Park), Superintendant Budd Albert Herring (Mid Wales Opera), Dr Grenvil La Traviata (Scottish Opera on Tour), Second Cusomer/Monk in Jonathan Harvey’s Wagner’s Dream (WNO), Colline La Boheme (Longborough Festival) and Van Bett in Zar Und Zimmerman for Opera South. He has covered Leporello for English National Opera.

For Garsington Opera he has sung Antonio Le Nozze di Figaro and covered Bottom A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Marquis Mirandolina by Martinu. He has also sung Hotel Guest Death in Venice, conducted by Paul Daniel, (Aldeburgh and Bregenz Festivals). For Longborough Festival Opera and Opera Project he has performed the roles of Armed Man The Magic Flute, Black Bob The Little Sweep, Registrar in Madama Butterfly and Benoit La Boheme. He sang Jevons in the opera Ludd and Isis at the ROH Production Park in Thurock.

Aidan Smith created the role of Kevin in The Office the Opera by Anne Chemlewski for the BBC, recorded The Beggar’s Opera for Chandos and appeared in Tosca for ORF (featured in the James Bond film A Quantum of Solace), Acis and Galatea and Dido and Aeneas for the BBC and Opus Arte. He has recorded a Documentary on L’europe Gallante by Campra for French Television.

Concert engagements include Purcell’s Ode to St Cecilia at the Three Choirs Festival, Bach’s St Matthew Passion in St Paul’s Church Covent Garden, Handel’s Messiah in Hamburg with the Mosaique Ensemble, Haydn’s Creation at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. He has also sung Winterreise for the Chichester International Music Festival and taken part in a concert tour of Zimbabwe. He has toured France and Spain singing with the European Baroque Academy, conducted by William Christie.

Aidan Smith was a WNO Associate Artist 2014-16 supported by the Chris Ball Bursary and the Schafer Bursary. WNO roles have included Leuthold Guillame Tell, Zuniga Carmen, 2nd Armed Man The Magic Flute, Nana/Starkey in Richard Ayres’ Peter Pan (also performed at the Royal Opera House) and Lord Walton I Puritani.


William Tell (Leuthold) Welsh National Opera 2014
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Snug) Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2016 (rehearsal)
Carmen (Zuniga) Welsh National Opera 2014

Artist Videos

"In Diesen Heil'gen Hallen" from Die Zauberflöte
"Studia il passo, o mio figlio" from Macbeth
"Bottom's Dream" from A Midsummer Night's Dream by Benjamin Britten

“The plum of the production is, without doubt, Aidan Smith, the baritone headmaster-cum-Sarastro-cum-Oberon: the timbres of the voice are quite gorgeous: he could as easily sing an aching Aeneas, a blundering Bottom, a perfect Commendatore.” The Fairy Queen/Bury Court Opera, The Arts Desk, March 2014

“…with stand-out performances by Gerard Collett as Gedge and Aidan Smith as Superintendent Budd.” Albert Herring/Mid Wales Opera, Telegraph, September 2013

“…the drunk poet, superbly acted and sung by Aidan Smith.” The Fairy Queen/English Touring Opera, Opera Britannia, October 2011

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