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 extensivley in operas and concerts across the UK and Europe. Samantha is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including First Prize and President's Prize at the Wagner Society Singing Competition.
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. In 2016 she won First Prize and the President's Prize at the Wagner Society Singing Competition and was a Royal Philharmonic Society Chilcott Award finalist. She is an alumna of both the Britten-Pears and Garsington Opera Young Artist Programmes. Critics have praised her performances as a singer 'leading a strong a vividly characterised cast,' (The Times) and bringing 'a most complete portrayal,' to her roles (Financial Times).
In the 2014/15 season Samantha 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, and covered Fiordiligi Cosi Fan Tutte for Scottish Opera and Miss Jessel The Turn Of The Screw for Glyndebourne on Tour, directed by Jonathan Kent. She also sang Chausson’s Poème de l'amour et de la mer at Barbican Milton Court under Julian Clayton, Mozart's Requiem with the New Bristol Sinfonia and Wagner's Wesendonk Lieder for the City of London Festival. Highlights of the 2016/17 season include her debut at Teatro Real Madrid as a Blumenmädchen in Claus Guth's Parsifal, under Semyon Bychkov, also released on DVD for Sony; Agathe Der Freischütz for Blackheath Opera, and Dido Dido and Aeneas with the Brandenburg Sinfonia. In concert she will perform at the Bayreuther Festspiele as a Wagner Stipendienstiftung awardee, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Paulus, Dvořák's Stabat Mater, and Rutter’s Requiem at Christchurch Priory, Elijah at Gloucester Cathedral, and Strauss' Vier letzte Lieder at St George Hanover Square, St. Sepulchre and Blackheath Halls.
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 and on television and radio for the BBC.
In 2016 Samantha co-founded the Creative Professionals Network Australia with support from the High Commission and the Australian Music Foundation at Australia House.
Samantha's roles include Blumenmädchen Parsifal for Teatro Real Madrid, Mrs. Coyle Owen Wingrave for Aldeburgh Festival and Edinburgh Festival, Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte and cover Donna Elvira Don Giovanni for Garsington Opera, Agathe Der Freischütz for Blackheath Opera, Dido Dido and Aeneas Brandenburg Sinfonia, Rosalinde Die Fledermaus for Clonter Opera, title role Suor Angelica at Théâtre municipal de Fontainebleau, cover Miss Jessel The Turn Of The Screw for Glyndebourne on Tour and Fiordiligi Cosi Fan Tutte for Scottish Opera, Donna Elvira for Opera Della Luna, Contessa Le nozze di Figaro for GSMD, Musetta La bohème for BYO, Frau Fluth Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor and Popelka in Martinů's Comedy on the Bridge both at GSMD.
Samantha is the recipient of numerous awards from scholarships and competitions including; First Prize and President's Prize at the Wagner Society Singing Competition, J:opera Gesangswettbewerb Sonderpreis Theater Kiel, Australian Music Foundation Young Musician Award, Mozart Singing Competition, Royal Philharmonic Society Chilcott Award finalist, Wagner Stipendienstiftung, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Help Musicians UK, The Worshipful Company of Drapers and The City of London Corporation.
'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 charmed in "Schmerzen," and "Einsam in trüben Tagen," before giving herself to a moving and passionate "O Sachs! Mein Freund."...Sir John Tomlinson picked out Crawford's 'radiant' Eva.'
'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
Le nozze di Figaro
Cosi fan tutte
Dido and Aeneas
Un ballo in maschera
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