Soprano Samantha Crawford has recently worked for Teatro Real Madrid, Glyndebourne, Scottish Opera, Garsington Opera, Edinburgh Festival, Aldeburgh Festival and Théâtre municipal de Fontainebleau. Samantha is the winner of the First Prize at the 2016 Wagner Society Singing Competition and Golden Medal with Honours at the 2017 Berliner International Music Competition.
Repertoire includes Agathe Der Freischütz, Tatyana Eugene Onegin, the title roles in Kátya Kabanová, Jenůfa, and Arabella, Elsa Lohengrin, Elisabeth Tannhäuser, Eva Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Sieglinde and Ortlinde Die Walküre, Freia Das Rheingold and Desdemona Otello.
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. In 2018 Samantha was finalist for the inaugural Hong Kong International Operatic Singing Competition at Hong Kong City Hall, chaired by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Critics have praised her performances as a singer 'whose fine cut soprano brought singing of class,' (Opera) and bringing 'a most complete portrayal,' to her roles (Financial Times).
Upcoming engagements include her return to Teatro Real Madrid for Ortlinde Die Walküre, directed by Robert Carsen, Verdi’s Requiem and Mozart’s Requiem at Southwark Cathedral, concerts with London Song Festival, Celebrating Australian Music, and The Women in Czech Opera with pianist Lada Valešová at The Ivy, London.
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, Donna Anna Don Giovanni for Garsington Opera and The Lord Mayor’s Appeal, Sieglinde Die Walküre with Stuart Skelton in concert in London, Agathe Der Freischütz for Blackheath Opera, Blumenmädchen Parsifal for Teatro Real Madrid under Semyon Bychkov (dir. Claus Guth), 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 Newbury Spring Festival, 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, Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony and Howells' Hymnus Paradisi. 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’s Opera Course 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.
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. CPN’s charitable events have been held in support of International Justice Mission and Home for Good.
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.
The Rape of Lucretia
Turn of the Screw
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
A Sea Symphony
Serenade to Music