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.
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 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. Samantha also Co-founded the Creative Professionals Network Australia at Australia House.
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 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 in 2017 (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.
'A flawless ensemble...Samantha Crawford’s Mrs Coyle, crystalline of tone and diction.'
'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.'
'Samantha Crawford switched from a classy Rosalinde with cut-glass vowels to the mysterious Hungarian Countess and delivered her csárdás with style.'
'Samantha Crawford leads a strong, vividly characterised cast, in a drama piquant of scoring and delicious Czech satire, absurdity and poignancy.'
'Samantha Crawford elegant, as Coyle’s wife.'
'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.'
'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 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.'
'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.'
'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.'
The Rape of Lucretia
Turn of the Screw
Příhody lišky Bystroušky
Comedy on the Bridge
Le nozze di Figaro
Cosi fan tutte
Die lustigen Weiber
Sieben frühe Lieder
Poème de l'amour
et de la mer
Cinq poèmes de
Spirit of England
La Petite Messe
Vier Letzte Lieder
A Child Of Our Time
Serenade to Music