Tom Smith & Ella O'Neill

Tom Smith & Ella O'Neill - Tenor & Piano

Tom Smith (tenor) and Ella O'Neill (piano) met working on the Wild Swan Opera production of Britten's The Turn of the Screw. They became a duo performing all manner of music including German lied, 20th century art and folk songs and various operatic arias. They were thrilled to be accepted as a part of Live Music Now as of spring 2015, enabling them to deliver their repertoire to the wider community.

Tom is from Hartlepool in the North-East of England. He is on the MA Opera course at RWCMD, studying under Ingrid Surgenor and Adrian Thompson. During his studies Tom has taken part in masterclasses with Susan Bullock, Simon Keenlyside, Richard Berkely-Steele, John Fisher, Kathryn Harries, Donald Maxwell, Michael Pollock and Simon Lepper. In 2013 he was selected by the RWCMD to sing as part of an octet for HRH The Prince of Wales. Operatic roles include The Mayor and Albert (Albert Herring) and 1st Priest and Armed Man (The Magic Flute) at RWCMD; and Ruiz (Il Trovatore), Flavio (Norma) and Spärlich (Die lustigen weiber von windsor) with Burryport Grand Opera. In 2015 Tom won the Open Recital Prize at the David Clover Festival of Singing as well as the John Gilbert Wilson award for most promising male singer.

Born in Tunbridge Wells, Ella is now in her third year at the RWCMD studying piano under Mei Yi Foo. Here she has enjoyed masterclasses with Peter Jablonski and Simon Lepper, and has performed in the Dora Stouzker Hall as a soloist, accompanist, piano duo and orchestral player. Other venues include St David’s Hall; the Riverfront in Newport; tours of Wales and the Isle of Skye; and Glansevern Hall, where she organised the annual opera gala for Mid Wales Opera. Ella also works as a piano teacher and ballet accompanist.

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