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Praised as “luscious,” “amber-toned,” and “dazzling” by Opera News, American mezzo- soprano Samantha Hankey is quickly establishing a name for herself both at home and abroad. In the 2019/20 season, Samantha joined the ensemble of the Bayerische Staatsoper, where she made her role and house debut as Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel.

 

She continues her residency in Munich for the 2020-21 season, where she reprises the roles of Wellgunde Das Rheingold and Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte and makes her role debut as Octavian in their new production of Der Rosenkavalier, directed by Barrie Kosky and conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. Other highlights of her upcoming seasons include exciting returns to the Metropolitan Opera, where she will debut the role of Prince Charming in Massenet’s Cendrillion among others.

Samantha’s abridged 2019/20 season featured numerous role reprisals with the Bayerische Staatsoper in addition to her house debut with The Dallas Opera in the role of Zweite Dame. In the 2018/19 season, Samantha made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Pantalis Mefistofele and returned to the Met throughout the year in Adriana Lecouvreur, Carmen, Das Rheingold, Götterdämmerung, and Rigoletto, debuting a myriad of named roles in her first season at the Met. She also travelled to Turku, Finland to renew the title role in Handel’s Agrippina in concert with Il Pomo d’Oro, where she was praised by Turun Sanomat for her “marvellously rich mezzo.”

 

Other highlights of Samantha’s recent seasons include major role and house debuts at Opernhaus Zürich, Den Norske Opera Oslo, and the Grand Théâtre de Genève.

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2nd Lady, Mozart's The Magic Flute

Samantha Hankey, conducted by Emmanuel Villaume
The Dallas Opera, Texas, USA

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Siébel, Gounod's Faust

Samantha Hankey, conducted by Michel Plasson
Grand Théâtre de Genève

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Rosina, Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia

Samantha Hankey, conducted by Roberto Benzi
Den Norske Oper

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OPERA

George BIZET

Micaela Carmen

Benjamin BRITTEN 

Helena A Midsummer Nights' Dream

Leos JANÁČEK

The Cunning Little Vixen (title role)

Jules MEYERBEER

Inès L'Africaine 

WA MOZART

Elektra Idomeneo

Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte

Countess Le nozze di Figaro

First Lady The Magic Flute

Donna Anna Don Giovanni

Francis POULENC

Blanche Les Dialogues des Carmelites

Giacomo PUCCINI

Musetta La Bohème

Richard STRAUSS

Marschallin Der Rosenkavalier

Countess Capriccio

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY

Iolanta (title role)

Tatyana Eugene Onegin

Richard WAGNER

Eva Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Franz LEHÁR 

Hanna Glawari The Merry Widow

Competitions

2017 The Metropolitan Opera National Council (Grand Finals Winner)

2015 Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition (2nd place)

2015 Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Vocal Competition (Grant Winner)

2015 Canadian Music Competition, Montreal (Winner)

2015 Classical Singer magazine's Voice Competition (Winner)

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