New Zealand soprano Ella Marshall Smith, praised for her 'crystal clear voice' and expressive singing, specialises in music of the 16th to 18th Century as both a soloist and ensemble singer.
2023 will see Smith make her role debut as Vespina in Haydn's L'Infedeltà Delusa with György Vashegyi at the Haydneum Eszterháza Festival, followed by a recording of the same opera later in the year. In March of 2023, she was awarded Second Place at the International Telemann Competition and will be recording a CD of Telemann cantatas with the Neumeyer Consort in 2024, as part of their ongoing Telemann Project.
Ella Marshall Smith has worked with conductors such as Peter Van Heyghen, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Manfred Cordes and Lionel Meunier, and with professional ensembles such as the Rundfunkchor Berlin, the European Hanse Ensemble, the Gaechinger Cantorey and the Balthasar-Neumann-Chor.
An accomplished chamber musician, she performs regularly with a number of ensembles, including her own vocal ensemble DREI:st and chamber ensemble Arc of Iris. With Arc of Iris, she competed in the Göttingen Händel Competition in May 2023, where they were the recipients of the Musik&Raum prize, the Bärenreiter-Urtext prize and the audience prize. Smith also performs with other early music ensembles such as Ensemble Merum, the Bremer KammerVokalisten and Weser-Renaissance.
After completing her Bachelor's degree in classical voice at the University of Auckland, she moved to Germany where she undertook further study in Early Music at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen under the tutelage of Bettina Pahn, Gerd Türk and Benno Schachtner.
She has a particular interest in the English baroque song repertoire.