SAMANTHA HANKEY

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Praised as “luscious,” “distinctive,” and “vividly dramatic” by Opera News, American mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey is quickly establishing a name for herself across the United States and abroad. 
 

Highlights of 2021-22 include opening the season of the Gran Teatre del Liceu Opera Barcelona in her role debut as Der Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos, Dorabella Cosí fan tutte at San Diego Opera and Glyndebourne Festival in her first festival appearance as Ruggiero Alcina. Samantha returns to The Metropolitan Opera for the beloved holiday tradition production of Cinderella in December and performs recitals at Alice Tully Hall featuring pianist Brian Zeger and at the Wigmore Hall with Malcolm Martineau. Samantha returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper for Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro and reprises the role of Octavian Der Rosenkavalier, which she debuted to critical acclaim in the 2020-21 season in the eagerly anticipated new production of Barrie Kosky, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. 

Alongside Der Rosenkavalier, Samantha made other notable appearances during her residency at the Bayerische Staatsoper as Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel, Wellgunde Das Rheingold,  Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte, and as Carmen in Marina Abramović’s new production of 7 Deaths of Maria Callas at the Opernfestspiele.

Other recent significant role and house debuts include Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro (Opernhaus Zürich), Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia (Den Norske Opera), Zweite Dame (The Dallas Opera) and Siébel Faust (Grand Théâtre de Genève). In addition, Samantha made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Pantalis Mefistofele, and returned to the Met for Adriana Lecouvreur, Carmen, Das Rheingold, Götterdämmerung, and Rigoletto, debuting a myriad of named roles within a single season at the Met. On the concert stage, Samantha performed the title role in Handel’s Agrippina in concert with Il Pomo d’Oro in Turku, Finland, where she was praised by Turun Sanomat for her “marvelously rich mezzo.” 

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The Composer, R. Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos 
Samantha Hankey, conducted by Josep Pons
Liceu Barcelona, Spain


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Octavian, R. Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier
Samantha Hankey, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski
Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Germany


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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, Switzerland


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Rosina, Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia

Samantha Hankey, conducted by Roberto Benzi
Den Norske Oper

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Repertoire

OPERA

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 

GF HANDEL

Ruggiero Alcina

Agrippina Agrippina

Zenobia Radamisto

Engelbert HUMPERDINK

Hansel Hansel und Gretel

Jules MASSENET

Prince Charming Cendrillion 

WA MOZART

Sesto La Clemenza di Tito

Dorabella Cosi fan tutte

Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro

Maurice RAVEL

La tasse chinoise L’enfant et les sortilèges

Giacomo ROSSINI

Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia

Angelina La Cenerentola

Richard STRAUSS

Octavian Der Rosenkavalier

Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos

Richard WAGNER

Wellgunde Das Rheingold

Wellgunde Götterdämmerung

Competitions

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