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Born in Sheffield, Julian Alexander Smith began his musical education as a chorister at St.Chad’s Cathedral Birmingham and as a music scholar at Solihull School. At the age of 18 he won a Choral Scholarship to Bristol University reading Biochemistry. He furthered his studies at both Trinity College of Music, where he sang the title-role in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo directed by Julia Hollander, and the Royal College Music, gaining a 1st Class Honours degree in Music and numerous awards including the Wilfred Greenhouse Alt Prize for oratorio, a Beverly Creed Scholarship and a bursary from the Welton Foundation. He has also undertaken Masterclasses with Sarah Walker and Roger Vignoles. He is a former Lay clerk of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. 

Julian began his career at Glyndebourne since when his operatic engagements have further included Oraspe Aureliano in Palmira at the RFH for Opera Rara, Mr Porcupine Fantastic Mr Fox (European Premiere) for Opera Holland Park, Tenor soloist in a staged production of Janáček’s ‘The Diary of One Who Disappeared’ at the Grimeborn Festival, Dov in Tippett’s The Knot Garden for the Montepulciano International Festival, Italy (broadcast on RAI radio), Famigliari di Seneca L’Incoronazione di Poppea at the Megaron, Athens, Academy of Ancient Music, Liancourt Le Roi Malgré Lui for Grange Park Opera, Ted Flint in the world première of Diana Burrell’s The Albatross and The Judge in the UK première of Berthold Goldschmidt’s Beatrice Cenci at the Spitalfields Festival and the title-role in Handel Samson at Dartington Hall. 

On the concert platform, Julian has appeared as a soloist at venues including St. John Smith Square, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and many others throughout the UK. Since leaving the Royal College of Music he has sung tenor solos in most of the major concert repertoire. Solo performances include Monteverdi Vespers for the Gwent Bach Choir, Dvorak Stabat Mater for the Isle of Wight Cantata Choir, Israel in Egypt in Wells Cathedral, Messiah with the London Festival Orchestra,Christmas Oratorio for Kendal South Choir, Evangelist St John Passion with Collegium Laureatum at the Cambridge Guildhall and the London Ripieno Society, L’Enfance du Christ for Felsted Choral Society, Haydn Nelson Mass for Eltham Choral Society and Stabat Mater for Ulverston Bach Choir, Tenor soloist in Janáček Řikadla with the Britten Sinfonia at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (broadcast on Radio 3), Saint-Saëns Requiem in Cardiff and Tavener Celtic Requiem at St John’s, Smith Square, The Creation at the Surrey Festival, The Seasons at the Petersfield Festival and for Marlow Choral Society, Mozart Vesperae solemnes de confessore for Stratford-upon-Avon Choral Society and Evangelist St Matthew Passion with Streatham Choral. 

Recordings: Oraspe Aureliano in Palmira (Rossini) and M. Renard La Cour de Célimene (Thomas) for Opera Rara. 

Future work includes singing the Evangelist St John Passion at St Mary Abbots Church, Kensington and reprising the role of Mr Porcupine Fantastic Mr Fox for Opera Holland Park.