BIOGRAPHY

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Samuel studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the tutelage of Janice Chapman, having studied at the University of Warwick and Universitat der Humboldt in Berlin.

At home in the bass and baritone repertoire, Samuel has performed Colline (La Boheme) with Oxford Opera Company, Prince Yamadori (Madame Butterfly) and Father (Hansel and Gretel) at the Iford Arts Festival, Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Seneca (L’Incoronazione di Poppea), Morales/Zuniga (Carmen) for Opera Warwick, Leporello (Don Giovanni) for Hampstead Garden Opera, Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) for Midland Opera, Conte (Le Nozze di Figaro) for the International Bel Canto Academy, Pluton (Hippolyte et Aricie) for Ensemble OrQuesta and Polyphemus (Acis and Galatea) for L'Offerta Musicale di Venezia.

In concert Samuel has performed Delalande's De Profundis, Gilles' Messe des Morts, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Requiem, Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Creation, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, Dvorak's Stabat Mater, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time and Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light: A Requiem. Samuel also regularly performs with the Philharmonia Chorus in various venues around Europe.


A keen advocate of new music, Samuel premiered two roles at last year's Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival (Violin Maker in Laurence Panter's The Cruel Sister and Buzz Aldrin in Ed Lambert's Apollo's Mission), as well as the role of Antistrophe in Mark Springer's Army of Lovers at the Playground Theatre. Samuel recently performed a concert of Judith Weir's music, as well as a recital of newly commissioned works about mental health called 'Music on the Mind' at the Milton Court Concert Hall. 

Away from performance, Samuel is a keen librettist and has written adapted English translations of Don Giovanni and Hansel and Gretel for Opera Warwick and Opera Loki. He has collaborated with partner Fleur de Bray on song repertoire and is simultaneously collaborating with composers Nimrod Borenstein and Laurence Panter on two operas, that are to be performed in the coming years. Perhaps Samuel's most important role has been as Head of Music at the vibrant New North Academy in Islington, where he has the luxury of spending time with the most creative children in London!