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Ian Thomson-Smith

Ian was born in London and studied music at the University of Hull. His first principal role with York Opera was in 1995 and he has been lucky enough to play some great roles for the company over the years. His favourites include Captain Balstrode (Peter Grimes), Ping (Turandot), Escamillo (Carmen), Pirate King (The Pirates of Penzance), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Silvio (I Pagliacci), Jack Point (The Yeomen of the Guard) and the title role in Verdi's Macbeth. He has now been with the company long enough to be playing parts for the second time John the Butcher (Hugh the Drover) in 1995 and 2007, Papageno (The Magic Flute) in 1996 and 2009, and now the role of Mountararat, which he first played in 2000. Ian lives in Harrogate and is a primary school headteacher.

Last updated October 2012

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