News and Reviews

July 2017

Reviews from Albert Herring, Buxton International Festival:


Markronan.com:

Bradley Smith was sheer perfection as Albert Herring.


The Spectator:

At its heart is Bradley Smith — warmly believable as the timid Albert, who just needs a little push to break loose from his mother’s apron strings. He gilds a character comedy with some really excellent singing, giving Britten’s satire the weight of something real and human. When he returns from his adventures, mud-stained and blissfully hungover, to face the wrath of the village it’s a revolution more powerful than any military coup. 


The Guardian:

Excellent acting and some good singing... Best of the lot was Bradley Smith’s Albert Herring, who managed a convincing transition from painfully awkward mummy’s boy to man of the world, via a genuinely poignant dance scene and whose tenor gained expressive heft as his character’s confidence grew.


The Daily Telegraph:

In the title role, a promising young tenor Bradley Smith combines solemn, stolid goofiness with stubborn determination.


Planethugill.com:

Smith has a slim-line, lyric tenor which he used in an elegant fashion. 


the stage.co.uk:

The poor put-upon grocer’s lad Albert was nicely delivered by Bradley Smith as an exemplar of virtue. 


The Arts Desk:

A dishevelled but beaming Albert is a new man, and it was an impressive feature of Bradley Smith’s performance that the earnest young lad of the earlier scenes was still plausibly the same character. Smith’s clear, conversational tenor projected an integrity that made his confusion touching and his final transformation wholly life affirming. 


The Times:

Bradley Smith - A likeable Herring. 


July 2017

Bradley will be playing the title role in Britten's Albert Herring at the Buxton Festival.


May 2017

Bradley will be performing the role of Oduardo in Handel's Ariodante with the English Concert alongside operatic superstar Joyce DiDonato in Vienna, Hamburg, the Barbican, and Paris.


March 2017

Bradley will be performing the Tenor Solos with Ex Cathedra in their annual Good Friday St Matthew Passion at Birmingham Symphony Hall.


February 2017

Bradley will be performing a programme of Brahms and Schumann Lieder duets and quartets with Rhiannon Llwellyn, Sarah Champion, and Nicholas Merryweather in Istanbul. 


December 2016

Bradley will be performing the tenor solos in Handel's Messiah with the Hanover Band in their Christmas series.


November 2016

Bradley will be performing the tenor solos in Handel's Messiah with St Neot's Choral Society.


August 2016

Reviews from Cesti's Le Nozze in Sogno (Innsbrucker Festwochen der alten Musik):


Der neue Merke:

Als Lelio, der am Schluss remütig zu seiner alten Liebe Emilia zurückkehrt, agierte der britische Tenor Bradley Smith gleichfalls stimmlich wie darstellerisch eindrucksvoll.

As Lelio, who at the close of the opera returns ruefully to his old love Emilia, acted the British tenor Bradley Smith likewise vocally and dramatically impressive.


Teatro.it:

Vocalmente irreprensibile e garbato nella recitazione il Lelio del tenore inglese Bradley Smith.

Vocally impeccable and polite in his acting, Lelio was the British tenor Bradley Smith.


Opera Libera:

Lelio era il giovane Bradley Smith, tenore dalla voce chiara ma molto pertinente in un canto armonioso e patetico.

Lelio was the young Bradley Smith, a tenor with a voice that was clear and stylistically relevant, singing both melodiously and touchingly.


Anaclase:

Indéniablement les deux garçons dominent... Enfin, Bradley Smith possède un ténor clair qui magnifie la dupe, Lelia innocent jusqu'à la niaiserie rendu attachant par l'irrésistible musicalité du Britannique.

Undeniably the two boys dominated...Finally, Bradley Smith possesses a clear tenor voice which was ideal for Lelio the innocent fool, except that the foolishness was made endearing by the irresistible British musicality.


July-August 2016

Bradley will be performing the role of Lelio in Cesti's Le nozze in sogno for the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music with performances in the Salzburg Mozarteum.


April-July 2016

Bradley will be performing the role of the Trojan Man in Mozart's Idomeneo, and as an Alvarez Young Artist in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin and Haydn's The Creation for Garsington Opera.


April 2016

Bradley will be performing the Tenor solos in Haydn's Nelson Mass for Hook Choral Society.


March 2016

Bradley will be performing as the Tenor Soloist in Bach's St Matthew Passion for Ex Cathedra at the Birmingham Symphony Hall.


March 2016 

Bradley will be appearing as the Tenor Soloist in Handel's Semele in Stratford-Upon-Avon. 


March 2016

Bradley will be performing Monteverdi's Vespers for the London Concert Choir at St John's Smith Square.


March 2016

Bradley will be performing as the Tenor Soloist in Louis Sphor's Die letzten Dinge with the Faust Ensemble at LSO St Luke's, and the West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge.


December 2015

Bradley will be performing as the Tenor Soloist in Handel's Messiah for the Hanover Band in Chichester Cathedral.


December 2015

Bradley will be performing the title role in Handel's Jeptha in Suffok.


November 2015

Bradley will be performing as the Tenor Soloist in Mendelssohn's Elijah for St Neots Choral Society.


November 2015

Bradley will be performing as the Tenor Soloist in Christopher Wood's Requiem in Jersey.


October 2015

Bradley will be performing as a semi-finalist in the London Bach Singing Competition at St George's Hanover Square.


September 2015

Bradley will be performing Fauré's La bonne chanson at King's Place for the Verlaine-Rimbaud Society.


August 2015

Bradley will be performing as a Finalist in the Inetrnational Singing Competition of Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti as part of the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music in Austria.


May-July 2015

Bradley will be acting as the Understudy of Ferrando in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte for Garsington Opera.


April 2015

Bradley will be graduating from the Royal Academy of Music with his Advanced Dimploma in Opera, also awarded with the Tom Hammond Opera Prize.


March 2015

Bradley will be performing as the Tenor Soloist in Mendelssohn's Elijah for Barnet Choral Society.


March 2015

Bradley will be performing as the Evangelist in Bach's St John Passion at Harlton, Cambridge.


March 2015

Bradley will be performing as the Tenor Aria Soloist in Bach's St John Passion for the Hanover Band's UK Tour.


March 2015

Bradley will be performing as the Tenor Aria Soloist in Bach's St John Passion at Salisbury Cathedral.


March 2015

Review from Brian Dickie:

Exemplary communication of the text by Bradley Smith as Tom.  A good job - no supertitles provided, and none needed!


March 2015

Review from The Guardian:

Bradley Smith in the title role grew into his part wonderfully as his character declined.


March 2015

Review from Seen and Heard International:

Bradley Smith presented a human, and impossible-not-to-like Tom: just as he should be. His sappy tenor proved appealing throughout, but moving too, especially towards the end – all very much in character.


March 2015

Review from Bachtrack:

Bradley Smith made a good effort as Tom emphasising the simplistic nature of Tom's personality throughout. He was vocally and dramatically light for the role, which he carried very well.

March 2015

Bradley will be playing Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress for Royal Academy Opera.


February 2015

Bradley will be performing as the Tenor Soloist in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis for Benson Choral Society.

December 2014

Bradley will performing as the Tenor Soloist in Handel's Messiah at Bath Abbey for Bath Choral Society.


December 2014

Bradley will be performing as the Tenor Soloist for a series of concerts of Georgian Music at Kensington Palace with instrumentalists from the Orachestra of the Age of Enlightenment.


November 2014

Bradley will be performing the title role of Handel's Judas Maccabeus for St Neots Choral Society.


November 2014

Bradley will be performing as the Tenor Soloist in Handel's Athalia at St John's Smith Square.


November 2014

Bradley will be performing as the Tenor Soloist in Mozart's Requiem at Arundel Cathedral.


August 2014

Bradley will be performing a programme of Fauré, Debussy, and Duparc at the Academy of French Song and Opera in Toulouse.


July 2014

Bradley will be playing Nathaniel Walterson in the world premiere of Oliver Rudland's opera Pincher Martin at the Britten-Pears Theatre, Royal College of Music.


July 2014

Bradley will be playing Peter Quint in Britten's The Turn of the Screw at Opera Holland Park as a Christine Collins Young Artist.


May 2014

Review from Bachtrack.com:

Bradley Smith was an excellent Male Chorus: with understated, natural acting, he navigated the emotional hurdles of his strange position on stage with aplomb, his clear voice making the most of Ronald Duncan’s wonderful libretto (“The night is weeping with its tears of stars”). He is to be congratulated.


May 2014

Bradley will be performing as the Male Chorus in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia with Royal Academy Opera.


tMarch 2014

Bradley will be performing in Handel's Ariodante with the Royal Academy Opera.


18th February 2014

Bradley will performing with the Royal Academy Song Circle at the Colston Hall. Among others, repertoire will include Schubert, Wolf, and Loewe.


11th February 2014

Bradley will be performing in a recital with the prestigious Royal Academy Song Circle. Repertoire will include, Wolf, Bridge, Quilter, Strauss, and Schumann.


6th, 7th February 2014

Bradley will be playing Albert in Britten's Albert Herring for the Opera Scenes of the Royal Academy Opera.


1st February 2014

Bradley will be performing the Tenor solos in Mozart's Coronation Mass with Colchester Choral Society.


7th December 2013

Bradley will be singing the Evangelist and Tenor solos in Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Torbay Singers and the Devon Baroque Orchestra.


18th, 21st, 25th November 2013

Bradley will be playing Le Prince Charmant in Massenet's Cendrillon at the Royal Academy of Music.


1st November 2013

Bradley won the Blyth-Buesst Operatic Prize at the Royal Academy for his performance of "Miles!" from Britten's The Turn of the Screw.


September 2013

Bradley received a distinction and a Diploma of the Royal Academy for his Final Recital, achieving a high distinction for his Masters Degree at the Royal Academy of Music.


June-August 2013

Bradley will be singing at Glyndebourne Festival Opera for their next season as part of their prestigious chorus in Rameau's Hippoclyte et Aricie.


29th April 2013

L'enfant et les sortilèges, Barbican, 26th April

"Polished and entertaining turns came from Bradley Smith as the Little Old Man.  While he had good material to work with, this should not detract from the technical strength of his sound or his skill that he demonstrated in instilling in both his voice and mannerisms the right sense of the dramatic for this context." - Music OMH


26th April 2013

Bradley will be performing the role of le petit viellard in Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilleges at the Barbican with the Royal Academy Opera and the BBC Symphony Orchestra to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.


January 2013

Bradley will be playing Don Ramiro in Rossini's La Cenerentola for the Royal Academy Opera Scenes.


January 2013

Bradley will be performing the title role of Bastien in Mozart's Bastien und Bastienne at the Royal Academy of Music.


28th January 2013

To mark the anniversary of Schubert's birthday, Bradley will be making his solo debut at St Martin-in-the-Fields, with a Schubertiade concert as part of the Royal Academy of Music's prestigious Song Circle.


8th December 2012

Bradley will be performing the tenor solos in Haydn's Creation for the Buckingham Choral Society.


4th December 2012

Bradley has been offered a place with the Royal Academy of Music's Opera Department to study for his Advanced Diploma.


2nd December 2012

Bradley will perform Handel's Messiah with the Blenheim Singers at Blenheim Palace.


1st December 2012

Bradley will be performing the tenor solos in Haydn's Missa Sancti Nicolai for the Woodbridge Choral Society.


29th November 2012

Bradley will be singing the role of Oronte in Handel's Alcina for Barefoot Opera's Exploratory Workshop.


24th November 2012

Bradley will be making his solo debut at St John's, Smith Square, performing the tenor solos in Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the English Baroque Choir and Brandenburg Sinfonia.


17th November 2012

Bradley will be singing the tenor solos for the Portsmouth Choral Union at St Mary's, Portsea.  Repertoire to include Bach's Magnificat and Handel's O Praise the Lord with One Consent.


12th November 2012

Bradley will be performing Schubert's Die Schoene Muellerin, Songs 11-20 with the First Year Postgraduate Accompanists at the Royal Academy of Music.


12th October 2012

Bradley will be playing Grimoaldo in Handel's Rodelinda, and Jaquino in Beethoven's Fidelio for the Royal Academy Opera Scenes.


September 2012

(8th, 15th, 20th, 28th)

Longborough Festival Opera Young Singers Tour - Bradley will be playing Tamino in Mozart's The Magic Flute.


August 2012

Edinburgh Festival - Bradley will be playing Buff in Mozart's one act comedy opera The Impresario. This is his debut at the Festival.


June 2012

(9th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th) 

Longborough Festival Opera - Bradley will be the understudy for Tamino, as well as playing Second Priest for the performances of Mozart's The Magic Flute.


19th May 2012

With Winchester College Choral Society, Bradley will be appearing as the tenor soloist for a performance of Bach's Magnificat.


24th April 2012

At the Royal Academy of Music in the beautiful surroundings of the Duke's Hall, Bradley will be performing Robert Schumann's Liederkreis, Op.39.  The recital will commence at 5pm and admission is free.


22nd April 2012

Evangelist, St John Passion, Yorke Trust, South Creake

"Bradley's performance was wonderfully young and intimate" - Michael Rose, Eminent Musicologist


 22nd April 2012

Norfolk Choral Course - Bradley will be evangelising Bach's St John Passion in a performance for the Yorke Trust at St Mary's Church, South Creake.


 21st April 2012

Eynsham Choral Society Concert.  Bradley will be performing as the tenor soloist for Handel's Dettingen Te Deum and Handel's Solomon.


15th March 2012

At the Chapel of St John's College, Cambridge, Bradley will be performing as Tenor Soloist for a performance of Bach's St John Passion.


9th December 2011

Bradley is appearing as the tenor soloist for the music of Henry Purcell in a Christmas Concert with the Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, at the Cadogan Hall.


3rd December 2011

At St Mary's Church, Wendover, Bradley will be appearing as the tenor soloist in a concert of Bach and Handel.


4th November 2011

Bradley is performing in a public masterclass at the Royal Academy of Music with the great Welsh tenor, Dennis O'Neill.  Do come along at 3.20pm where he will perform "Il mio tesoro intanto" from Mozart's Don Giovanni. Admission is free.


25th October 2011

Bradley would like to thank the Josephine Baker Trust who have accepted him to represent them for their concerts around the UK.


6th September 2011

Bradley is looking forward to beginning his two year Masters in Vocal Studies at the Royal Academy of Music.


1st August 2011

In his role of Musical Director, Bradley is recording a new CD of close harmony with the group The Gentlemen of St John's.


19th July 2011

Bradley is recording with the Choir of St John's College, Cambridge their first collaborative disc with the St John's Sinfonia.


24th June 2011

'Geduld, Geduld!' - Tonight Bradley sings Tenor for a unique performance of a one-to-a-part Bach St Matthew Passion under the leadership of Margaret Faultless.


26th April 2011

Holst's The Wandering Scholar, Clare College Chapel, Cambridge

"The Scholar (Bradley Smith) was well cast as a charming, faux-naive student, his clear airy voice rising nicely above the surrounding chaos." - Cambridgetab.co.uk


26th February 2011

Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, Cambridge University Opera Society, West Road, Cambridge

"Bradley Smith's Don Basilio was Fabulous!" - Varsity.co.uk


24th February 2011

Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, Cambridge University Opera Society, West Road, Cambridge

Tonight's the night!  Bradley makes his operatic debut as Don Basilio. Toi toi!


29th October 2010

Rachmaninov's Vespers, St John's College Chapel, Cambridge

"The soaring, beautiful tenor of Bradley Smith was spot-on and would not be out of place at the Royal Albert Hall." - Cambridgetab.co.uk


23rd October 2010

J. S. Bach Es erhub sich ein Streit (BWV 19), St John's College Chapel, Cambridge

"Tenor soloist Bradley Smith shone among the soloists, with an impressively secure colaratura in his aria proving the highlight of the cantata." - Varsity.co.uk