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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 at the 2016 Wagner Society Singing Competition and the Golden Medal with Honours at the 2017 Berliner International Music Competition.

 

Samantha Crawford's Agathe displayed impressive Wagnerian credentials. On this showing her sweetly voluminous soprano should soon be graduating to Elsa.

OPERA, 2017

 

About


About


 

About

 

British Australian soprano Samantha Crawford was awarded the Golden Medal with Honours at the 2017 Berliner International Music Competition and The 2017/18 NSW Wagner Society Award for Emerging Wagner Singers. In 2016 she won First Prize and the President's Prize at the Wagner Society Singing Competition in London 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 in 2014 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, Blumenmädchen Parsifal for Teatro Real Madrid under Semyon Bychkov (dir. Claus Guth), Sieglinde Die Walküre with Stuart Skelton in concert in London, Agathe Der Freischütz for Blackheath Opera, Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte and Donna Elvira 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 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 has also been selected as a semi-finalist for the Hong Kong International Operatic Singing Competition 2018. Further ahead she will return to Teatro Real Madrid for Der Ring des Nibelungen.

Samantha is the Co-Founder and Director of the Creative Professionals Network Australia. CPN launched in 2016 with support from the High Commission and the Australian Music Foundation at Australia House, London.

 

Awards

 

Samantha is the receipient of numerous awards including; The Golden Medal with Honours at the Berliner International Music Competition, First Prize and President's Prize at the Wagner Society Singing Competition, J:opera Gesangswettbewerb Sonderpreis Theater Kiel, Wagner Bayreuth Stipendienstiftung, Australian Music Foundation Young Musician, Royal Philharmonic Society Chilcott Award finalist, The Mozart Singing Competition, The NSW Wagner Society Award for Emerging Wagner Singers, The Countess of Munster Trust, Help Musicians UK, Tait Memorial Trust Julian Baring Award, Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust and The City of London Corporation.

 
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Reviews


Reviews


 

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

OPERA

 

Reviews

'Samantha Crawford's Agathe displayed impressive Wagnerian credentials. On this showing her sweetly voluminous soprano should be soon graduating to Elsa.'

opera

 

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

opera

 

'Expectations were high for what turned out to be a truly engaging evening of superb Wagner singing. Stuart Skelton ended the concert (ably partnered by Samantha Crawford singing Sieglinde) in the role of Siegmund from Act 1 of Die Walküre. It felt as if they had been rehearsed in the roles together for a major production as the singing was outstanding.'

limelight

 

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

THE ARTS DESK

 

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

OPERA

 

'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, blond bombshell Agathe, holds on to hope even in the face of horrible dreams foreshadowing her death.'

classical source

 

'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 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.'

wagner news

 

'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


Repertoire


 

Repertoire:
Opera

Britten
Peter Grimes:
Ellen Orford*
The Rape of Lucretia
Female Chorus
Turn of the Screw
Miss Jessel
A Midsummer
Night’s Dream

Helena
Owen Wingrave
Mrs Coyle

Bizet
Carmen
Micaela
 

Janáček
Kátya Kabanová
Kátya*
Jenůfa
Jenůfa*

Mozart
Idomeneo
Elettra
Le nozze di Figaro
Contessa Almaviva
Cosi fan tutte
Fiordiligi
Don Giovanni
Donna Elvira
Die Zauberflöte
Erste Dame

Puccini
Tosca
Tosca*
Suor Angelica
Suor Angelica

Purcell
Dido and Aeneas
Dido
 

J. Strauss
Die Fledermaus
Rosalinde

R. Strauss
Elektra
Chrysothemis*
Fünfte Magd

Tchaikovsky
Eugene Onegin
Tatyana

Verdi
Falstaff
Alice Ford*
Otello
Desdemona

Wagner
Das Rheingold
Freia
Woglinde
Die Walküre
Sieglinde*
Ortlinde
Helmwige
Gerhilde
Götterdämmerung
Gutrune*
Dritte Norn
Woglinde
Lohengrin
Elsa*
Parsifal
Blumenmädchen (4)
Die Meistersinger
von Nüremburg

Eva

Weber
Der Freischütz
Agathe

*in preparation

 

Repertoire:
Concert

Berg
Sieben frühe Lieder

Chausson
Poème de l'amour
et de la mer

Dvořák
Stabat Mater

Debussy
Cinq poèmes de
Charles Baudelaire

Elgar
Spirit of England

Howells
Hymnus Paradisi

Karl Jenkins
Stella Natalis

Mendelssohn
Elias
Paulus

Mozart
Requiem

Rossini
La Petite Messe
Solennelle

Rutter
Requiem

Strauss
Vier Letzte Lieder

Tippett
A Child Of Our Time

Vaughan Williams
A Sea Symphony
Serenade to Music

Verdi
Reqiuem

Wagner
Wesendonk Lieder