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Overview


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Overview


 

Samantha Crawford is fast gaining a reputation as a singer "whose fine cut soprano brought singing of class" to her roles (Opera). She has performed in operas extensively across the UK and recently made her European debut. Samantha graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Opera Course and is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards.

 
 

Samantha Crawford was a star turn as the Countess, singing both her arias with Mozartian colour and grace. She was excellent.

Opera

 

Profile

British Australian soprano Samantha Crawford graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama's Opera Course, where she studied with Yvonne Kenny AM as a Baroness de Turckheim Scholar. Samantha is an alumni of both the Britten-Pears and Garsington Opera Young Artist Programmes, and was awarded the J:opera Gesangswettbewerb Sonderpreis Theater Kiel, an Australian Music Foundation Young Musician Award, was a finalist in the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Chilcott Award and Mozart Singing Competition. 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).

Samantha enjoys a varied career performing across the UK and Europe in operas and concerts. In 2014 she performed the role of Mrs. Coyle Owen Wingrave to critical acclaim for her debut at the Aldeburgh Festival and Edinburgh International Festival, under Mark Wigglesworth, the title role in Suor Angelica at Théâtre municipal de Fontainebleau (semi staged), covered Miss Jessel The Turn Of The Screw for Glyndebourne on Tour, sang Chausson’s Poème de l'amour et de la mer at Barbican Milton Court, Mozart's Requiem with the New Bristol Sinfonia and Wagner's Wesendonk Lieder for the City of London Festival. Highlights of the 2015/16 season include her debut at Teatro Real Madrid as a Blumenmädchen Parsifal, under Semyon Bychkov and directed by Claus Guth, Princess Leia Opera Galactica in Krakow, Poland and Glasgow for Scottish Opera, and her return to Scottish Opera covering Fiordiligi Cosi Fan Tutte. In concert she will perform Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mendelssohn’s Paulus, Elgar’s Spirit of England, and Rutter’s Requiem at Christchurch Priory, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah at Gloucester Cathedral.

Further roles include Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte for Garsington Opera at West Green House, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni for Garsington Opera (cover), Rosalinde Die Fledermaus for Clonter Opera, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni for Opera Della Luna, Musetta La bohème for BYO, Contessa Le nozze di Figaro, Frau Fluth Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Mrs. Coyle Owen Wingrave, and Popelka in Martinů's Comedy on the Bridge all at the Guildhall School.

Her recent concert and recital appearences include The Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Hall with Martyn Brabbins, BBC National Orchestra of Wales with Thierry Fischer, Wales Millennium Centre, LSO St. Luke's, ROSL UK, Christchurch Spitalfields, St. Martin-in-the-fields, The Draper’s Hall with Bryn Terfel and Schlosstheater Schönbrunn Vienna. Her performances have been broadcast on live cinema relay in Europe, on television and radio for the BBC, and filmed for DVD release (Sony).

Samantha is a recipient of numerous awards from scholarships and competitions including; The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Help Musicians UK, The Worshipful Company of Drapers, Internationale Sommerakademie Prag Wein Scholarship, The Ann Driver Trust and The City of London Corporation. She was also a finalist in The Hampshire National Singing Competition and The Thelma King Award.

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Reviews


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Reviews


 

The most impressive was Samantha Crawford, whose fine cut soprano brought singing of class to the role of Mrs. Coyle.

OPERA

 

Reviews

'A flawless ensemble...Samantha Crawford’s Mrs Coyle, crystalline of tone and diction.'

THE ARTS DESK

 

'One comes to events like these listening out for stars of the future, and several of the voices impressed...with Samantha Crawford making the most of her central role as Popelka the village beauty.'

BACHTRACK

 

'Samantha Crawford switched from a classy Rosalinde with cut-glass vowels to the mysterious Hungarian Countess and delivered her csárdás with style.'

OPERA



'Samantha Crawford leads a strong, vividly characterised cast, in a drama piquant of scoring and delicious Czech satire, absurdity and poignancy.'

THE TIMES



'Samantha Crawford elegant, as Coyle’s wife.'

FINANCIAL TIMES

 

'Samantha Crawford made a deliciously scheming Countess, her superficialities belying her cunning. “Dove sono i bei momenti” was sensitively executed and a particular highlight of the evening...it was a bold and enjoyable performance, and credit is due both to the production staff and the singers for making it so visually, musically and dramatically exciting.'


BACHTRACK

 

'There are no weak links anywhere in the cast, either, though Ross Ramgobin’s thoughtful Owen, Jonathan Summer’s sympathetic Spencer Coyle, Samantha Crawford’s humane Mrs Coyle and Janis Kelly’s Mrs Julian are particularly notable.'

THE STAGE

 

'The performance was wonderful. Semyon Bychkov gave a concentrated reading which was attentive to the architecture of the work and drew excellent performances from orchestra and choir, and the Blumenmädchen…without doubt, the public recognized that this was a performance of the top international level.'

LA RAZON

 

'Semyon Bychkov drew some electrifying playing from the orchestra of the Teatro Real, which bordered on the transcendental in the final act...With full-blooded singing from the Real’s Chorus and a mellifluous bevy of Blumenmädchen, this was a memorable performance.' 

MUSIC OMH

 

'As Mrs Coyle, Samantha Crawford’s clear, graceful soprano did provide a warm, compassionate counter-hue to her husband’s assertiveness, and Crawford’s characterisation was convincing and rounded.'  

SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL

 
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Repertoire


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Repertoire


 

Repertoire:
Opera

Britten
The Rape of Lucretia
Female Chorus

Britten
Turn of the Screw
Miss Jessel

Britten
A Midsummer
Night’s Dream

Helena

Britten
Owen Wingrave
Mrs Coyle

Bizet
Carmen
Micaela

Janáček
Příhody lišky Bystroušky
Fox

Leoncavallo
I Pagliacci
Nedda

Martinů
Comedy on the Bridge
Popelka

Mozart
Le nozze di Figaro
Contessa Almaviva

Mozart
Cosi fan tutte
Fiordiligi

Mozart
Don Giovanni
Donna Elvira

 

Mozart
Die Zauberflöte
Erste Dame

Mozart
Idomeneo
Elettra

Nicolai
Die lustigen Weiber
von Windsor

Frau Fluth

Puccini
La bohème
Musetta

Puccini
Suor Angelica
Suor Angelica

J. Strauss
Die Fledermaus
Rosalinde

Tchaikovsky
Eugene Onegin
Tatyana

Verdi
Falstaff
Alice Ford*

Verdi
Nabucco
Anna

Wagner
Lohengrin
Elsa*

Wagner
Parsifal
Blumenmädchen

*in preparation

 

Repertoire:
Concert

Berg
Sieben frühe Lieder

Brahms
Liebeslieder

Brahms
Neue liebeslieder

Chausson
Poème de l'amour
et de la mer

Dvořák
Stabat Mater

Debussy
Cinq poèmes de
Charles Baudelaire

Elgar
Spirit of England

Haydn
Nelson Mass

Mendelssohn
Elias

Mendelssohn
Paulus

Mozart
Vesperae solennes
de confessore

Mozart
Requiem

Mozart
Regina Coeli

Rossini
La Petite Messe
Solennelle

Rutter
Requiem

Strauss
Vier Letzte Lieder

Stravinsky
Les Noces


Tippett
A Child Of Our Time

Vaughan Williams
Serenade to Music

Verdi
Reqiuem

Wagner
Wesendonk Lieder