Samuel Furness (tenor) was a Dean’s Scholar at Llandaff Cathedral before attending Charterhouse and then St John’s College, Cambridge where he was a choral scholar and subsequently a lay clerk. He completed his post-graduate vocal studies at the Royal Academy of Music this summer and is now on the Royal Academy Opera course. He is taught by his countryman, Ryland Davies, and coached by Ian Partridge. Sam is a member of the Royal Academy Song Circle.
Sam’s oratorio repertoire includes Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s St Matthew and St John Passions, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah and Samson, Britten’s St Nicolas, Verdi’s Requiem and George Dyson’s Canterbury Pilgrims.
Hi’s opera roles to date include Abinidab in Samuel Hogarth’s new opera David and Goliath, Rinnucio Gianni Schicchi, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, Lensky Eugene Onegin, Orfeo Orfeo, Lysander Midsummer Night’s Dream, Albert Albert Herring and Tamino Magic Flute.
He is currently supported by the Fishmonger’s Trust Fund scholarship, the Countess of Munster Trust and the Josephine Baker Trust. He has previously benefited from a Prince of Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wales, an Elizabeth Evans Trust Award and a South Square Trust Fund scholarship and is the 2011 recipient of the John Fussell award for young Welsh musicians.
Future operatic engagements include the title role in Albert Herring for Toulouse Opera in 2013, as well as Benedict in Berlioz’s Beatrice and Benedict with the Royal Academy Opera with Sir Colin Davies in November 2011 and the role of The Novice in Billy Budd at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago (Summer 2013.)
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