A former choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, Samuel is currently studying with Russell Smythe at the Royal College of Music International Opera School. He is a Samling Scholar, and was a finalist in the 2007 Kathleen Ferrier Awards.
His operatic roles include Figaro Le nozze di Figaro for English Chamber Opera and more recently for Vignette Productions at Wilton’s Music Hall, Traveller Curlew River for Mahogany Opera, Giacchino Leonora (Paer) for Bampton Classical Opera, Aeneas Dido and Aeneas for the Armonico Consort, Leporello Don Giovanni for Opera-by-Definition, Pallante Agrippina for Barber Opera, and Judas Pilgrim’s Progress at Sadler’s Wells under Richard Hickox. Last year, he performed on tour in Scotland with Essential Scottish Opera. He recently sang the role of Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte at the RCM. In concert, he has performed the role of Le Grand Pretre in Rameau’s Castor et Pollux at the Salle Pleyel in Paris under Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
Concert engagements have included Bach Christmas Oratorio at the Spitalfields Festival, Bach B minor Mass in the Bachfest Leipzig with the English Baroque Soloists under Gardiner, Mozart Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields, Mozart Vesperae solennes de Confessore in Salzburg Cathedral, Bach St Matthew Passion at the Fairfield Halls, Haydn Theresienmesse at St John’s Smith Square, Rutter Mass of the Children at Cadogan Hall, Monteverdi Vespers in Southwark Cathedral, and Beethoven Symphony no.9 for the Highgate Choral Society.
As a winner of the Maisie Lewis Prize, administered by the Worshipful Company of Musicians, he recently made his solo recital debut at the Wigmore Hall. He also won both First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2009 London Welsh Young Singer of the Year, and was recently a finalist in the Welsh Singer of the Year Competition at St David’s Hall, Cardiff. Future engagements include Guglielmo Così fan tutte for Vignette Productions, Bach Magnificat at the Three Choirs Festival and a recital at St John’s Smith Square.