Brittany Smith - Soloist Sopran
First introduced to opera in her tenth year of schooling, Brittany Smith holds a BMus in Opera from the South African College of Music (SACM) at the University of Cape Town, which she achieved under the tutelage of Professor Virginia Davids. She started her singing career at university in the chorus of UCT SACM's Don Giovanni and Il viaggio a reims productions. Her debut solo singing role was as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro in 2016, followed by Adele in AGL Opera's production of Die Fledermaus. Brittany's awards include the 2013 Ruth Ormond Prize for the Most Promising First Year UCT Female Opera Student, the 2016 Schock Foundation Opera Competition Female Classical Winner, and a nomination for the 2017 Fleur du Cap Award for Best Female Opera Singer for her role as Pamina in Cape Town Opera's (CTO) production of The Magic Flute. After her debut with CTO as Pamina, Brittany joined the company's Young Artist Programme in 2018 and premiered as Norina in the CTO/SACM production of Don Pasquale. In May 2019, she sang the role of Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi and in 2020 Despina in Così fan tutte. In 2021 she performed the role of Gretel in CTO's Hansel und Gretel where she was nominated for a Fleur du Cap, the role of Leila in CTO's The Pearl Fishers and Magda in CTO’s La rondine. 2022 saw her play the role of Susanna in CTO’s Le nozze di Figaro and Adina in CTO’s L’elisir d’amore. She recently made it to the 2022 Mail and Guardian top 200 young South Africans.