Welsh mezzo-soprano Samantha Price read Speech and Language Therapy at the University of Reading before gaining in a Distinction for her MA in Opera Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, assisted by the Dame Shirley Bassey Scholarship, the Jenkin Philips Memorial Scholarship and an Advanced Study Award in Music from the Arts Council of Wales.
In February 2013, she became a Samling Artist before training on the ENO Opera Works Programme, supported by a Countess of Munster Award, and the National Opera Studio, supported by English National Opera, the Arts Council of Wales, the Robert Vivian Memorial Trust and Christopher Ball. She was also a Finalist in the 2014 Young Welsh Singer of the Year Competition.
Whilst still a student, Samantha Price made her debut at English National Opera as Third Gentleman Julietta and is now a Harewood Young Artist. For ENO, she has sung Cherubino The Marriage of Figaro, Kate Pinkerton Madam Butterfly and the title role in Iolanthe, as well as creating Perdita in Ryan Wigglesworth’s The Winter’s Tale.
Elsewhere, she has sung Tweedle Dee Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Prince Orlofsky Die Fledermaus for Opera Holland Park, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra, Rosina The Barber of Seville for Charles Court Opera at Iford Arts and Flora Bervoix La traviata for Longborough Festival Opera, as well as appearing on the 2016 Opera Highlights Tour for Scottish Opera.
She appeared in Shakespeare Live! at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon (now available on BBC DVD) and her concert engagements have included Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahler in Miniature at the Norfolk & Norwich Music Festival, Mozart Requiem for Raymond Gubbay Ltd, Mozart’s London for Classical Opera and Vivaldi Gloria at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
She made her debut with the Royal Opera, London, as Clare 4.48 Psychosis, and engagements during 2018 / 2019 included L’Innocente L’Arlesiana for Opera Holland Park, Lucienne Die tote Stadt at the Nederlandse Reisopera, Sonia War and Peace for Welsh National Opera, Second Lady The Magic Flute for English National Opera and Clare 4.48 Psychosis at the Prototype Festival, New York.
Engagements during 2019 / 2020 included Mercédès Carmen for English National Opera, Birmingham Bach Choir’s Centenary Concert in Lichfield Cathedral, Verdi Requiem at The Snape Maltings and her debut at the Opéra national du Rhin as Clare 4.48 Psychosis.
COVID-19 cost her debuts with Garsington Opera at Wormsley and at the Edinburgh Festival as Second Nymph Rusalka, as well as a return to English National Opera as Iolanthe. Current engagements include Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro for Opera Holland Park and Clare 4.48 Psychosis with Ensemble Intercontemporain.
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Cherubino: The Marriage of Figaro / English National Opera
“Price is a real find – gangling and charming, awkwardly loveable and with a legato you could balance your tea-cup on.”
The Arts Desk
Samantha Price is an excellent Cherubino: her boyish mannerisms nicely observed, part gauche little boy and part arrogant teenage heartthrob, her singing is exquisite, particularly in “Voi, che sapete.”
“Samantha Price’s intensely sung Cherubino is all the more effective for being played absolutely straight.”
“Samantha Price relayed Cherubino’s erotic complications in vividly-characterised acting, while producing a beautifully controlled line in her two arias.”
“Just as impressive was the charmingly gangly Cherubino of Samantha Price. She embodied the love-struck teenager credibly and with a perfect knack for comedy. Her singing was superb, bringing spirit to a lovely ‘Non so più’, her added vocal ornamentation immaculately phrased and delightful. ‘Voi che sapete’ was as enchanting as it ought to be, Ms. Shaw’s excellent direction here bringing out the character’s poignant self-consciousness. It was difficult to believe this was Ms. Price’s role debut.”
“Rude humour dominates, particularly in the blissful Cherubino scenes (Samantha Price is, forgive the pun, priceless as the priapic youth whose hormone-popping body constantly gets the better of him)…My personal highlight from a special evening? Cherubino’s gauche moment of self-consciousness before his great act two aria, so handshakes to Shaw for imagining it and to Samantha Price for delivering it so sweetly. The old eye leaked a bit, I don’t mind saying.”
What’s On Stage
Tweedle-Dum: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland / Linbury Studio Theatre
“The characterisation of roles is strong and energetically performed across the board…there is not a weak link in the cast, in terms either of singing ot acring…Samantha Price’s and Daisy Brown’s TweedleDee and TweedleDum show an impressive skill in physical comedy.”
“The performances were bold and lively from the brattish Tweedles Dum and Dee (Samantha Price and Daisy Brown).
Prince Orlofsky: Die Fledermaus / Opera Holland Park
“Samantha Price makes a lively, luscious-sounding Prince Orlofsky.”
“Samantha Price assumes the role of the jaded Russian aristocrat with more humour than most, unveiling her own deception in an amusing directorial conceit in the third act. She lends a spirit of lightness to the proceedings, singing ‘Ich lade gern mir Gäste ein’ with charm.”
“Samantha Price, a plump toned Orlofsky.”
“I enjoyed Samantha Price’s Orlofsky: her mezzo is vibrant and assured, and she was the perfect party host – hospitable and indefatigable.”
“Samantha Price made a charming Orlofsky.”
“Samantha Price is a likeable, gender-non binary Orlofsky.”
L’Innocente: L’Arlesiana / Opera Holland Park
“Samantha Price was excellent as the younger brother…”
“Samantha Price, with her sweet mezzo-soprano, gives L’Innocente the right impression of being all knowing in a virtuous sense.”
“Samantha Price was excellent in the vital role of L’Innocente…”
Seen and Heard International
Iolanthe / English National Opera
“Samantha Price is an amusingly ditsy Iolanthe, singing with great warmth…”
“Samantha Price sings the title role beautifully…”
“Samantha Price as Iolanthe makes the most of her big Verdian aria…”
“Samantha Price flighty, earnest Iolanthe excelled…”
“As Iolanthe, Samantha Price made the most of her Act 2 supplication to her former husband…”
“…with Samantha Price as a fine Iolanthe.”
“Samantha Price’s elegant Iolanthe is sprinkled with fairy dust…”
Perdita: The Winter’s Tale / English National Opera
“Bohemia’s young lovers were charming: Samantha Price’s full lyric mezzo-soprano delicious as Perdita.”
“But it’s young lovers Florizel (Anthony Gregory) and Perdita (Samantha Price) who find the missing joy in this musical world – she blooming and vital, he sincere, singing Wigglesworth’s angular lines with lieder-like ease and lyricism.”
“Samantha Price and Anthony Gregory make fresh-voiced lovers, Perdita and Florizel.”
“The most engaging performers are Anthony Gregory’s Florizel and Samantha Price’s Perdita, neither huge of voice, but projecting perfectly in the large auditorium.”
The Sunday Times
“Samantha Price and Anthony Gregory are spirited young lovers.”
“Samantha Price’s vulnerable Perdita shines and convinces.”
2016 Opera Highlights Tour / Scottish Opera
“…a splendid company of four young singers…Mezzo Samantha Price and baritone Johnny Herford were the more consistently musically accurate and all four have real acting talent.”
“…a quartet of assured and enchanting voices – soprano Filipa van Eck, mezzo Samantha Price, tenor Anthony Flaum and baritone Johnny Herford…Price creamy and rich as cranachan in the Handel…”
Scottish Daily Express