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.
British Australian soprano Samantha Crawford was awarded the Golden Medal with Honours at the 2017 inaugural Berliner International Music Competition and The 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 (dir. Neil Bartlett). 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), Agathe Der Freischütz for Blackheath Opera, Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte cover for Scottish Opera, Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte and Donna Elvira Don Giovanni cover for Garsington Opera, Miss Jessel The Turn of the Screw cover for Glyndebourne on Tour (dir. Jonathan Kent), and Dido Dido and Aeneas with the Brandenburg Sinfonia.
Further roles include Rosalinde Die Fledermaus, Donna Elvira, Contessa Le nozze di Figaro, Frau Fluth Die Lustigan Weiber von Windsor, Popelka in Martinů’s Comedy on the Bridge, Musetta La bohème and Micaëla Carmen.
In concert, Samantha’s recent performances include Mendelssohn’s Elias at Gloucester Cathedral (British Sinfonietta), Chausson’s Poème de l'amour et de la mer at Barbican Milton Court, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder (City of London Festival), Dvořák’s Stabat Mater and Mendelssohn’s Paulus at Christchurch Priory, Mozart’s Requiem at Colston Hall (New Bristol Sinfonia), Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle under Stephen Cleobury (CUMS), and Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder at St. Martin-in-the-fields. She has also sung a broad range of concert and recital repertoire for engagements at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Hall under Martyn Brabbins, BBC NOW under Thierry Fischer, Wales Millennium Centre, LSO St. Luke’s, The Draper’s Hall with Sir Bryn Terfel, Schlosstheater Schönbrunn, Vienna and Cadogan Hall. 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).
Upcoming engagements include Elias at Christchurch Priory, Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder and Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder at St George’s Hanover Square and Blackheath Halls, Karl Jenkins’ Stella Natalis, and excerpts of Sieglinde Die Walküre with Stuart Skelton in London.
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.
In 2016 Samantha co-founded the Creative Professionals Network Australia with support from the High Commission and the Australian Music Foundation at Australia House, London.
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.
'Samantha Crawford's Agathe displayed impressive Wagnerian credentials. On this showing her sweetly voluminous soprano should be soon graduating to Elsa.'
'The most impressive was Samantha Crawford, whose fine cut soprano brought singing of class to the role of Mrs. Coyle.'
'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.'
'A flawless ensemble...Samantha Crawford’s Mrs Coyle, crystalline of tone and diction.'
'Samantha Crawford switched from a classy Rosalinde with cut-glass vowels to the mysterious Hungarian Countess and delivered her csárdás with style.'
'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, blond bombshell Agathe, holds on to hope even in the face of horrible dreams foreshadowing her death.'
'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
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