SAM EVANS | BARITONE
“…the voice was terrific, with great presence and control”
Hugh Canning, OPERA magazine
A former choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, Sam studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and at the Royal College of Music International Opera School, graduating in 2011 with the prestigious Tagore Gold Medal. He is a Samling Scholar, and was a finalist in the 2007 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. In 2009 he won the Maisie Lewis Prize, which led to his solo recital debut at the Wigmore Hall. He also won both First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2009 London Welsh Young Singer of the Year, and was a finalist in the 2010 Welsh Singer of the Year Competition at St. David’s Hall, Cardiff.
Recent concert engagements have included Bach St. John Passion in Malta with the OAE, Bach Christmas Oratorio in Sydney Opera House under Richard Tognetti, Bach B Minor Mass in the Bachfest Leipzig with the English Baroque Soloists/Gardiner, Handel Messiah with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra in Norway, Mozart C Minor Mass with The Northern Sinfonia/Thomas Zehetmair, Mozart Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall and St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Mozart Vesperae Solennes de Confessore in Salzburg Cathedral, Bach St Matthew Passion at the Fairfield Halls, Haydn Theresienmesse at St. John’s Smith Square, Rutter Mass of the Children at Cadogan Hall, Monteverdi Vespers in Southwark Cathedral and Beethoven Symphony No.9 for Highgate Choral Society. He has given recitals at St John’s Smith Square and The Peak Festival.
His operatic roles include Garibaldo Rodelinda in the London Handel Festival, Don Alfonso Cosi fan Tutte at the Royal College of Music, Kilian Der Freischütz at the Opéra Comique under Sir John Eliot Gardiner and The Forester The Cunning Little Vixen at the Ryedale Festival. He has also sung Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro and Guglielmo Cosi fan Tutte for Vignette Productions in London and France, Chelsias Susanna for Iford, Traveller Curlew River in the Aldeburgh Festival and St. Petersburg for Mahogany Opera, Giacchino Leonora for Bampton Classical Opera, Aeneas Dido and Aeneas for the Armonico Consort, Leporello Don Giovanni for Opera-by-Definition, Pallante Agrippina for Barber Opera, and Judas Pilgrim’s Progress at Sadler’s Wells under Richard Hickox, as well as performing on tour with Essential Scottish Opera. In concert, he has performed the role of Le Grand Prêtre in Rameau’s Castor et Pollux at the Salle Pleyel in Paris under Gardiner, and reprised the role of Kilian Der Freischütz in the BBC Proms.