Samantha Crawford

Samantha Crawford

Soprano

'SAMANTHA CRAWFORD'S AGATHE DISPLAYED IMPRESSIVE WAGNERIAN CREDENTIALS. ON THIS SHOWING HER SWEETLY VOLUMINOUS SOPRANO SHOULD SOON BE GRADUATING TO ELSA.' Opera Magazine, 2017
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«'The most impressive was Samantha Crawford, whose fine cut soprano brought singing of class to the role.'»
RICHARD FAIRMAN, OPERA (2016)
«'SAMANTHA CRAWFORD'S AGATHE DISPLAYED IMPRESSIVE WAGNERIAN CREDENTIALS. ON THIS SHOWING HER SWEETLY VOLUMINOUS SOPRANO SHOULD SOON BE GRADUATING TO ELSA.'»
OPERA MAGAZINE, 2017 (2016)
«'SAMANTHA CRAWFORD WAS A STAR TURN AS THE COUNTESS, SINGING BOTH HER ARIAS WITH MOZARTIAN COLOUR AND GRACE. SHE WAS EXCELLENT.'»
PETER REED, OPERA (2016)
2017Weber: Der FreischützAgathe
2017Mendelssohn: Elijah, Op. 70Widow
2017Purcell: Dido and AeneasDido
2017Wagner: Die WalküreGerhilde
2017Mendelssohn: Elijah, Op. 70Widow
2017Mendelssohn: Elijah, Op. 70Widow
2017Weber: Der FreischützAgathe
2016Tchaikovsky: Eugene OneginTatyana
2016Wagner: ParsifalSecond Group Of Flowermaiden, First Voice
2016Wagner: Die Meistersinger von NürnbergEva
2016Wagner: LohengrinElsa Of Brabant
2016Wagner: Die WalküreHelmwige
2015Mozart: Cosi fan tutteFiordiligi
2014Britten: The Turn of the ScrewMiss Jessel
2014Britten: Owen WingraveMrs Coyle
2014Britten: Owen WingraveMrs Coyle
2014Puccini: Suor AngelicaAngelica
2014Mozart: IdomeneoElettra
2013Strauss J.: Die FledermausRosalinde
2013Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroCountess Rosina Almaviva
2013Britten: Owen WingraveMrs Coyle
2012Mozart: Don GiovanniDonna Elvira
2012Mozart: Don GiovanniDonna Elvira
2011Mozart: Die ZauberflöteErste Dame (First Lady)
2011Bizet: CarmenMicaëla
2011Nicolai: Die lustigen Weiber von WindsorFrau Fluth
2010Puccini: La BohèmeMusetta

Bio







British Australian soprano Samantha Crawford was awarded the Golden Medal with Honours at the 2017 inaugural Berliner International Music Competition and the 2017/18 NSW Wagner Society Emerging Wagner Singer Award, in 2016 won First Prize and the President's Prize at the Wagner Society Singing Competition and was a Royal Philharmonic Society Chilcott Award finalist. Critics have praised her performances as a singer 'whose fine cut soprano brought singing of class,' (Opera), 'leading a strong a vividly characterised cast,' (The Times) and bringing 'a most complete portrayal,' to her roles (Financial Times).

On the opera stage, Samantha made her debut performing the role of Mrs. Coyle Owen Wingrave to critical acclaim at the Aldeburgh Festival and Edinburgh Festival, under Mark Wigglesworth. Her other recent roles include the title role Suor Angelica at Théâtre municipal de Fontainebleau, Sieglinde Die Walküre with Stuart Skelton in concert in London, Agathe Der Freischütz for Blackheath Opera, Blumenmädchen Parsifal for Teatro Real Madrid under Semyon Bychkov (dir. Claus Guth), Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte and Donna Elvira Don Giovanni for Garsington Opera, Dido Dido and Aeneas with the Brandenburg Sinfonia, covering Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte for Scottish Opera, and Miss Jessel The Turn of the Screw for Glyndebourne on Tour (dir. Jonathan Kent). Further roles performed include Rosalinde Die Fledermaus, Contessa Le nozze di Figaro, Frau Fluth Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Popelka in Martinů’s Comedy on the Bridge, and Micaëla Carmen. 

In concert, Samantha has also sung a broad range of repertoire at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Hall under Martyn Brabbins, BBC NOW under Thierry Fischer, Wales Millennium Centre, LSO St. Luke’s, Schlosstheater Schönbrunn and Cadogan Hall. Her recent performances include Mendelssohn’s Elijah at Gloucester Cathedral, Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder at St George's Hanover Square, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder at the City of London Festival, Chausson’s Poème de l'amour et de la mer at Barbican Milton Court, Mozart’s Requiem, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn’s Paulus, and Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder. Her performances have been broadcast on live cinema relay in Europe, on television and radio for the BBC and filmed for DVD (Sony).

Samantha graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Distinction, where she studied with Yvonne Kenny AM as a Baroness de Turckheim Scholar. She is an alumna of the Wagner Bayreuth Stipendium, Britten-Pears, and Garsington Alvarez Young Artist Programmes.

Upcoming engagements include her return to Teatro Real Madrid for Der Ring des Nibelungen, Verdi's Requiem at the Barbican and Medina Theatre, Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder at St George’s Hanover Square, Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony with Westbourne Orchestra, Howells' Hymnus Paradisi at Chelmsford Cathedral and the SWAP'ra Opera Gala at Opera Holland Park. Samantha also performs in a gala concert in HK City Hall as a finalist for the Hong Kong International Operatic Singing Competition 2018, jury chaired by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

Samantha is the receipient of numerous awards including; Gesangswettbewerb Sonderpreis Theater Kiel, Wagner Bayreuth Stipendienstiftung, Australian Music Foundation Award, The Mozart Singing Competition, The NSW Wagner Society Australia, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Help Musicians UK, Tait Memorial Trust Julian Baring Award and The City of London Corporation.







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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Verdi: Requiem Soprano 24 hours Medina Theatre 2018
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 1 (A Sea Symphony) Soprano 24 hours Westbourne Orchestra 2018
Wagner: Parsifal First Group Of Flowermaiden, Second Voice 1 week Saffron Opera Group (concert) 2018
Wagner: Parsifal Esquire Ii 1 week Saffron Opera Group (concert) 2018
Verdi: Requiem Soprano 24 hours Hauskonzert in Putignano, BA (IT) 2018

Awards

First Prize wagner society singing competition
2016
royal philharmonic society chilcott award finalist
2016
J:Opera Gesang Sonderpreis Theater Kiel
2016
Australian Music Foundation Young Musician Award
2016
The National Mozart Competition finalist
2016
Baroness de turckheim award
2016
help musicians uk performance award
2016
the countess of munster trust
2016
The worshipful company of drapers
2016
President's PRIZE WAGNER SOCIETY SINGING COMPETITION
2016
Wagner bayreuth stipendienstiftung
2016
Golden Medal with Honours Berliner International Music Competition
2017
TAIT MEMORIAL TRUST Julian Baring Award
2017
the NSW Wagner Society Emerging Wagner Singer Award
2017
THE NSW WAGNER SOCIETY EMERGING WAGNER SINGER AWARD
2018
hong kong international operatic singing competition finalist
2018