Bass-baritone Sam Carl was a member of the Opera Studio at Dutch National Opera (2019-21); he was a Jerwood Artist at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2019 and an Equilibrium Artist - mentored by Barbara Hannigan - during the 2020/21 season.
This season he will return to Glyndebourne as Nick Shadow The Rake’s Progress and he will join the Ensemble of Staatstheater Darmstadt, where he will appear as Colline La bohéme and in the title role of Don Quichotte in a new production directed by Mariame Clément.
Sam’s recent operatic engagements include: roles debuts as Dr Dulcamara L’elisir d’amore - a collaboration with Dutch National Opera, Opera Zuid and the Nederlandse Reisopera and as Leporello Don Giovanni for Dorset Opera.
With Dutch National Opera, Sam appeared as Filippo Marinetti Ritratto (composed by Wellem Jeths) and as Antonio Le nozze di Figaro directed by David Bösch and conducted by Ricccardo Minasi. Due to the Covid19-Pandemic the following appearances at DNO were cancelled: Einarmige Bruder Die Frau ohne Schatten which was to have been directed by Katie Mitchell and conducted by Marc Albrecht and Lesbo in Barrie Kosky's production of Agrippina conducted by Ottavio Dantone.
In concert, Sam recently appeared with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra as the 2nd Sacerdote Il Prigioniero conducted by Franck Ollu at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; as the Bass Soloist Verdi Requiem with the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck conducted by Ben Palmer at Kloster Eberbach and in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with the Copenhagen Philharmonic at the Tivoli Gardens. Cancellations on the concert platform due to the Covid-19 Pandemic included his debut with the LA Philharmonic, singing the Young Syrian in the World Premiere of Gerald Barry's new opera Salome - which would have been conducted by Barbara Hannigan.
Sam was born in London to American/British parents, and is now based in Frankfurt.
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“…and a star turn from Sam Carl’s saturnine Nick Shadow”
– The Stage
"The resonant bass-baritone Sam Carl made a delightfully devilish Nick Shadow, persuasive and sinister in equal measure. His present filling the auditorium."
“...he is outshone by the forceful presence and comic phrasing of Sam Carl’s Nick Shadow, the devil incarnate and Tom’s strikingly oleaginous tour guide to the London fleshpots..”
“Sam Carl sounds supreme in the powerful bass-baritone moments - could this be a Wotan in the making? - but has also mastered the art of sinister confidentiality.”
–The Art’s Desk
“...aided and abetted by the utterly brilliant Sam Carl as a sonorous and perfectly cast Leporello. (Catch him as Nick Shadow in the Glyndebourne Touring production of The Rake’s Progress this autumn. Believe me, this is a world-class voice and a first-rate actor!)”
– The Express
“Sam Carl's presentation of the bewitched bottom was masterly: sonorous and sincere, this was a Bottom we could truly believe in.”