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Photo: Lena Kern

Marrianne Town Smith

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, Italian, German

Opera

Gossip
Noyye's Fludde (Benjamin Britten)
Blackheath Halls Community Opera with Multistory
2018
Witch
Hansel and Gretel (Engelbert Humperdinck)
Opera in the Meantime
2018
Ariadne
Ariadne auf Naxos (Strauss, R)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire Postgraduate Opera
2017
Lady Billows
Albert Herring (Benjamin Britten)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire Postgraduate Opera
2017
Mrs Herring
Albert Herring (Benjamin Britten)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire Postgraduate Opera
2017
Gossip
Noyye's Fludde (Benjamin Britten)
Blackheath Halls Community Opera
2016
Mere Maria
Les Dialogues des Carmelites (Francis Poulenc)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire Postgraduate Opera
2016
Die Hexe
Hansel und Gretel (Engelbert Humperdinck)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire Postgraduate Opera
2016
Chorus
Brundibar (Hans Krása)
Blackheath Halls Community Opera
2015
Donna Elvira
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire Postgraduate Opera
2015
1st Soprano
Le Conte d'Ory (Rossini)
Blackheath Halls Community Opera
2014
Fiordiligi
Cosi fan tutte (Mozart)
City Lit Opera Group
2014
Venere
L'Egisto (Cavalli)
City Lit Opera Group
2014
Chorus
Macbeth (Verdi)
Blackheath Halls Community Opera
2013
Madeleine Lidoine
Les Dialogues des Carmelites (Francis Poulenc)
City Lit Opera Group
2013
Lady Billows
Albert Herring (Britten)
AIMS Singing Summer School Scenes
2013
Donna Anna
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
AIMS Singing Summer School Scenes
2012
Gertrude
Hansel und Gretel (Engelbert Humperdinck)
AIMS Singing Summer School Scenes
2012
Ellen Orford
Peter Grimes (Britten)
AIMS Singing Summer School Scenes
2011

Contemporary Opera

Margaret
Lovely to see you darling (Michalina Katarzyna Sobaszek)
Trinity Laban Master of Composition Final
2016

Chorus


Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

Marrianne by Lena Kern 2016

Marrianne by Lena Kern 2016

Marrianne Town Smith by Lena Kern 2016

Mrs Noyye and Gossips

Overcome by Count Ory!

Rosina Sugarface: Opera in the Meantime

Trinity Laban 2016 photo by Lena Kern

Winner Classical Duet Class Blackheath Music Festival (2012)

Competitions

Semi-Finalist Soloist Competition Trinity Laban (2017)

Winner Opera Aria Class Blackheath Music Festival (2012)

Winner Opera Aria Class Bromley Music Festival (2012)

"You have a wonderfully expressive voice, colourful and a gorgeous sound." Andrew West (German Lieder Competition Adjudicator) (2017)

"Der Engel; This was a stylish and committed opening, showing a fine 'helden' ring and a sweeping sense of line. Im Treibhaus showed excellent ability to grade and colour tone. Pitching was exact and German diction used to excellent rhythmic effect. A strong sense of the drama was conveyed. Schmerzen was delivered with authority and was fully engaging. The dynamic range was impressive and ability to find the steely tone always controlled." LTCL examiner's comments. (2016)

"Bright and exciting high notes and idiomatic French vowels gave the aria real 'steel'.” David Kirby-Ashmore (compeition examiner Blackheath Music Festival 2012) (2012)

Short Course - Reimagining Auditions - July 2018
National Opera Studio
2018
Preparing a role with Phillip Thomas
Jackdaws
2017
Summer Singing Course
Welsh International Academy of Voice
2017
Postgraduate Advanced Diploma
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and dance
2016–2017
Grade 5 music theory
ABRSM
2016
Licentiate Trinity College London Singing Diploma
Trinity College London
2016
Independent Study Programme Advanced
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
2015–2016
Lingua e Lyrica with Sheila Barnes and Melofonetica
Mondavio singing school Le Marche Italy
2015
Prefessional singers performance class
City Lit
2014–2015
Opera roles with Mary Plazas
Jackdaws
2014
The Singing Technician with Joy Mammen
Jackdaws
2014
City Lit Opera Group
City Lit
2013–2014
Audition Preparation with Audrey Hyland and Saffron Van Zwanenberg
Jackdaws
2013

Born in Hemel Hempstead, Marrianne studied Classics at Kings College London graduating with a BA Hons first class degree after spending her final year at the University of Bologna. She went on to a successful marketing career, as a Marketing Communications Manager, working in retail and the public sector. Then, one day in 2007 she had her first singing lesson and in 2008 sang solo for the first time at a master class with Ameral Gunson - and she hasn’t looked back since.

Marrianne decided in 2015 it was time to step away from her marketing career to focus on singing. She was accepted into Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance to begin her singing studies with the Independent Study Programme Advanced. She passed the LTCL singing diploma in July 2016, before completing the Postgraduate Advanced Diploma in July 2017, both with distinction.

Marrianne has performed in many recitals, masterclasses and competitions whilst studying at Trinity and was semi-finalist in the Soloist’s Competition in January 2017. She has given a lecture recital on the first Brünnhilde of Bayreuth: Amalia Materna.

Marrianne has undertaken various roles in staged scenes at Trinity Laban Conservatoire including Ariadne, Ariadne auf Naxos, Die Hexe, Hänsel und Gretel, Donna Elivira, Don Giovanni and Lady Billows, Albert Herring; taking great pleasure working with directors such as Christopher Lane, Julia Hollander, Stuart Barker and James Hurley. She has also performed many other roles at AIMS and City Lit Opera Schools working with Danny Dooner and John Ramster, and has appeared as chorus with Blackheath Halls Community Opera productions in Verdi’s Macbeth, Rossini’s Le Conte d’Ory (Soprano chorus principal and semi chorus), Krasa’s Brundibar and Britten’s Noye’s Fludde where she also performed as one of the Gossips both in the 2016 and the revival performances in April 2018. She is delighted to be performing the role of the Witch in Opera in the Meantime’s production of Hansel and Gretel in August 2018. She loves singing and exploring dramatic repertoire with her teacher Raymond Connell and coach Marek Ruszczynski.

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