Ben is generously supported by Sir Peter and Lady Walters and Chris Ball.
Welsh tenor Ben Smith graduated from the RCM with a BMus (Hons) degree in Music before furthering his training on the Masters of Performance programme with Timothy Evans-Jones. During his time at the RCM, Ben was the Sir Peter and Lady Walters Soirée d’Or Scholar, was supported by a Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Scholarship as well as the Arts Council of Wales Advanced Study Award, the Ryan Davies Memorial Trust, the Henry Wood Accommodation Trust and the Josephine Baker Trust. In 2018, Ben was a member of the Glyndebourne chorus, performing in Giulio Cesare, Vanessa and Pelléas et Mélisande, the latter of which he also performed at the BBC Proms. Ben has worked with Neil Shicoff, and received guidance from Craig Rutenberg and Joyce Fieldsend. He was a 2016 Iford Arts Next Generation Artist and worked at Nevill Holt Opera in 2017, singing in the chorus of Tosca. Ben continues his studies with Marie McLaughlin. During his training at the RCM, Ben performed Pastore/Apollo L’Orfeo, Septimius Theodora and created the roles of Razomikhin and Devlin in a co-production with Tête a Tête Opera. He has sung Nemorino L’elisir d’amore for Arcadian Opera, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni for British Youth Opera, Tamino Die Zauberflöte for Chelmsford City Opera and Tybalt Romeo et Juliette for Opera at Bearwood. His solo performances have taken him to the Royal Albert Hall with the 1000 Welsh Male Voices, to St John Smith Square and to the Throne Room of Buckingham Palace for a performance of Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music under the baton of John Wilson. He was subsequently invited to perform with John Wilson and the CBSO at Symphony Hall, Birmingham in a semi-staged concert of The Yeomen of the Guard. Ben made his Wigmore Hall debut performing Habdonah Esther for the London Handel Festival. He is a former member of Classical Brit award-winning group Only Men Aloud.