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 Emerging Wagner Singer Award. In 2016 she won First Prize and the President’s Prize at the Wagner Society Singing Competition and was a Royal Philharmonic Society Chilcott Award finalist. In 2018 Samantha was a finalist in The Hong Kong International Operatic Singing Competition at Hong Kong City Hall, chaired by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
On the opera stage, Samantha made her debut in 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, Agathe DER FREISCHÜTZ for Blackheath Opera, Sieglinde DIE WALKÜRE with Stuart Skelton in concert in London, Blumenmädchen PARSIFAL for Teatro Real Madrid under Semyon Bychkov (dir. Claus Guth), Erste Dame DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE and Donna Elvira DON GIOVANNI for Garsington Opera, Dido DIDO AND AENAES with the Brandenburg Sinfonia, covered 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 Contessa LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Micaëla CARMEN, Rosalinde DIE FLEDERMAUS, Frau Fluth DIE LUSTIGEN WEIBER VON WINDSOR, and Popelka in Martinů’s COMEDY ON THE BRIDGE.
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 Elias at Gloucester Cathedral, Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder at St George’s Hanover Square, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder for 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 and Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder. 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 with Distinction 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 a recipient of numerous awards including; Gesangswettbewerb Sonderpreis Theater Kiel, Australian Music Foundation Award, The Mozart Singing Competition, The Countess of Munster, Help Musicians UK, and The Tait Memorial Trust.
Upcoming engagements include her return to Teatro Real Madrid for DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN, Verdi’s Requiem at the Medina Theatre, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder at St George’s Hanover Square, Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony with Westbourne Orchestra, Howells’ Hymnus Paradisi at Chelmsford Cathedral and the SWAP’ra gala concert at Opera Holland Park.