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Imogen Lewis Holland (Managing Director):

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.



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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George BIZET

Mercédès Carmen

Francesco CAVALLI

Diana & Diana in Giove La Calisto

Francesco CILEA

Mlle Dangeville Adriana Lecouvreur

Jonathan DOVE

Minskwoman Flight

Charles GOUNOD

Siebel Faust

Stéphano Roméo et Juliette 


Ruggiero Alcina

Agrippina Agrippina

Zenobia Radamisto


Hansel Hansel und Gretel


Prince Charming Cendrillion 


Sesto La Clemenza di Tito

Dorabella Cosi fan tutte

Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro

Maurice RAVEL

La tasse chinoise L’enfant et les sortilèges


Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia

Angelina La Cenerentola


Octavian Der Rosenkavalier

Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos

Richard WAGNER

Wellgunde Das Rheingold

Wellgunde Götterdämmerung


2018 Richard Tucker Music Foundation, Career grant

2018 Operalia 2nd Prizewinner, Birgit Nilsson Prizewinner

2018 The Glyndebourne Opera Cup, First Prize

2017 Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship

2017 Dallas Opera Guild first prize

2017 The Metropolitan Opera National Council, Winner

2017 The Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition, First Prize

2016 The Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation Scholarship Competition

2016 The Gerda Lissner Foundation Lieder & Song Vocal Competition, Grant

2016 The Richard Tucker Music Foundation, Sara Tucker Study Grant

2016 The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Grant

2016 The Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, Third Prize

2015 Opera Index, The Lissner Charitable Fund Award

2011 & 2015 The Hal Leonard Vocal Competition, First Place