Australian baritone Sam Roberts-Smith is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and is already recognised as one of the most exciting new talents to arrive on the international operatic scene. After completing his studies he took a full time position with Australia’s National opera company Opera Australia, firstly as a member of the Young Artist Program before joining the Principal Artist roster.
Sam’s OA repertoire included productions of Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Boheme, Lakme, Eugene Onegin, Tosca, Manon, La Traviata, Carmen, Der Rosenkavalier, La Sonnambula, Les Pecheurs de perles, Madama Butterfly, Fanciulla del West, Il Torvatore, Le Nozze di Figaro, The Magic Flute, Bliss, Rigoletto, and Don Giovanni.
Sam has recently completed his first season at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Even at this early stage of his career, Sam has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the operatic world including Leo Nucci, Patricia Racette, Simon Keenlyside, Stephen Costello, Charles Castronovo, Zeljko Lucic, Anja Harteros, Carlo Rizzi and Richard Bonynge.
Both in Australia and abroad, Sam has built an impressive catalogue of operatic repertoire with performances in Macbeth of Mtsensk, Rigoletto, The Merry Widow, Gianni Schicchi, Il Viaggio a Reims, Don Carlo, The Love of Three Oranges, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Sam has enjoyed much success on the competition circuit and is winner of numerous prizes and awards including being chosen as the Australian representative at the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition, winner of the Marianne Mathy Scholarship: The Australian Singing Competition, Joan Sutherland Society of Sydney Award, Symphony Australia Young Vocalist Award, Opera Foundation for Young Australian’s Deutsche Oper Berlin Award, and various prizes at the International Paris Opera Awards.
In 2019 Sam will sing the roles of Marchese d’Obigny – La Traviata for West Australian Opera, The Brahms Requiem – Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Figaro (role debut) – Le Nozze di Figaro – Australian International Opera Company tour of China and Ensemble/cover Judge Turpin – Sweeney Todd.
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