Welsh Mezzo Soprano Samantha Price initially graduated with a first class BSc (Hons) degree in speech and language therapy from Reading University in 2009 before beginning her formal musical training at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 2010. Studying under Janet Price and coached by Michael Pollock, Sam graduated from the MA Opera Performance course with distinction in July 2012. This was made possible by the generous support of the Dame Shirley Bassey scholarship, the Jenkin Philips memorial scholarship, the Lee Freeman prize, the Aneurin Davies Memorial Prize and an Advanced Study Award in Music from the Arts Council of Wales. Whilst training at the RWCMD Sam gave solo performances at St. David’s Hall and St. Paul’s Cathedral as part of the BBC National Chorus of Wales.
In February 2013 she became a Samling Artist, participating in an intensive master class week led by Sir Thomas Allen, Yvonne Kenny & Caroline Dowdle. Sam completed the ENO Opera Works programme in 2013, for which she was supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, and went on to continue her training at the National Opera Studio, supported by English National Opera, the Arts Council of Wales, the Robert Vivian Memorial Trust and Christopher Ball. She has also performed with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales as a Finalist in the 2014 Young Welsh Singer of the Year Competition.
Whilst still a student, Samantha Price made her professional debut at English National Opera as Third Gentleman Julietta and is now a Harewood Young Artist. For ENO, she has since sung Cherubino The Marriage of Figaro and Kate Pinkerton Madam Butterfly, as well as creating Perdita in Ryan Wigglesworth’s The Winter’s Tale.
Elsewhere, she has sung Tweedle Dee Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Prince Orlofsky Die Fledermaus for Opera Holland Park, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra and Rosina The Barber of Seville for Charles Court Opera at Iford Arts, as well as appearing on the 2016 Opera Highlights Tour for Scottish Opera.
She appeared in Shakespeare Live! at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon (now available on BBC DVD) and her concert engagements have included Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahler Symphony No. 2 with the Bath Symphony Orchestra, Mahler in Miniature at the Norfolk & Norwich Music Festival, Mozart Requiem for Raymond Gubbay Ltd and Mozart’s London for Classical Opera.
During 2017 / 2018, Samantha Price returned to English National Opera to sing the title role in a new production of Iolanthe and made debuts with the Royal Opera, London, as Clare 4.48 Psychosis and with Longborough Festival Opera as Flora Bervoix La traviata
Engagements during 2018 / 2019 include Clare 4.48 Psychosis (US premiere) at the Prototype Festival, New York, debuts with the Nederlandse Reisopera as Lucienne Die tote Stadt and Welsh National Opera as Sonya War and Peace and returns to English National Opera to sing Second Lady The Magic Flute and to Opera Holland Park to sing L’Innocente L’Arlesiana. For Opera Rara, she will sing Zaide Il Paria in concert and for a recording with the Britten Sinfonia conducted by Sir Mark Elder.
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Operatic roles include:
Alisa Lucia di Lammermoor (Royal Opera House - cover)
Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro (English National Opera, Xi'an Symphony Orchestra, RWCMD)
Carmen Carmen (St. Magnus Festival)
Clare 4.48 Psychosis (Royal Opera House)
Flora La Traviata (Longborough Festival Opera)
Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel (NOS & Pimlott Foundation)
Iolanthe Iolanthe (English National Opera)
Kate Pinkerton (English National Opera)
Lucienne Die Tote Stadt (Nederlandse Reisopera)
Perdita The Winter's Tale (English National Opera)
Prince Orlofsky Die Fledermaus (Opera Holland Park, RWCMD)
Rosina The Barber of Seville (Iford Arts, English National Opera - cover)
Sonya War and Peace (Welsh National Opera)
Sorceress Dido and Aeneas (Dartington International Summer School, Advanced Baroque Opera)
Third Gentleman Julietta (English National Opera)
Tweedle Dum Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Opera Holland Park)
Opera scenes include:
Nancy Albert Herring (Samling, NOS)
Dorabella Cosi fan tutte (NOS)
Medoro Orlando (ENO Opera Works - Postcards)
Annio La Clemenza di Tito,
Rosina Il Barbiere di Siviglia,
Sesto La Clemenza di Tito,
Idamante Idomeneo (Feste Musicali in Puglia, Italian Opera Summer School)
Orfeo Orfeo ed Euridice
Amore L'incoronazione di Poppea (RWCMD).
Solo oratorio performances include:
Alexander Nevsky Prokofiev (Reading University, RWCMD cover for Leah-Marian Jones)
Christmas Oratorio Saint-Saëns
Creation Haydn (BBC National Chorus of Wales at St. Paul’s Cathedral)
Child of Our Time Tippett (Bath Minerva Choir)
Christmas Oratorio Bach (Bath Minerva Choir & Southern Sinfonia Baroque)
Gruss an Die Heilige Nacht Max Bruch
Lauda per la Natività del Signore Respighi (Cardiff University)
Missa Sancti Nicolai Haydn (Eynsham Choral Society)
Mass in C Beethoven
Magnificat Schubert (Perth Choral Society)
Mass in C Mozart
Missa Sancti Nicolai Haydn (Cor Dewi Sant)
Missa Solemnis Beethoven (Ealing Choral Society @ Cadogan Hall)
Missa in tempore belli (Mass in time of war) Haydn
Messe Basse Faure (Cor Dewi Sant)
Messe de Minuit de Noel Charpentier (Reading University).
Nelson Mass Haydn (Côr Caerfyrddin)
Requiem Duruflé (Three Choirs Festival, Gloucester Cathedral)
Requiem Mozart (Raymond Gubbay Ltd.)
Symphony No.9 Beethoven (Dresden Philharmonic)
The Snow Maiden (extracts) Tchaikovsky (Reading University)