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, Sam will make his debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper as Panthée in a new production of Les Troyens; he will return to Glyndebourne as Nick Shadow The Rake’s Progress; at the Staatstheater Darmstadt he will appear as Colline La bohéme and in the title role of Don Quichotte in a new production directed by Mariame Clément and he will make his debut for Opera Ballet Vlaanderen singing the Mephistopheles, Evil Spirit and Pater Profundus in a new production of "Szenen aud Goethes Faust" by Schumann conducted by Philippe Herreweghe. Future engagements include his returns to Dutch National Opera and the Glyndebourne Festival, and his debuts for Opéra de Montpelier and Opéra national de Lorraine.
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 Willem 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 Amsterdam.
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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 presence filling the auditorium."
"True to form, Stravinsky gives most humanity to the Devil, and Sam Carl sauntered away with the part of Nick Shadow — poised, droll and radiating plausibility, whether cajoling his way around Stravinsky’s mock-baroque courtesies, or using his sulphurous bass-baritone to drain all remaining light from the (genuinely chilling) graveyard scene."
"But the show is stolen by Sam Carl's Nick Shadow. Carl looks and sounds truly devilish (a compliment!), and his sardonically charismatic stage presence is the best I have seen in the role. The young man will go far.”
"...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.”
"But it is Sam Carl, as Mephistopheles, who rightly receives the loudest applause.”
"The bass-baritone Sam Carl with his perfidiously haunting and alluring, manipulative timbre drives the lemurs together as Mephistopheles.”
"Conducted by Philippe Herreweghe, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra presents a complex and intense work, which allows us to discover superb voices... Sam Carl is striking as Mephistopheles.”
–Toute la Culture