Samantha Stinson enjoys a diverse career as an operatic soprano, musical theater actor, and academic. She has performed with Cincinnati Opera Education, Opera for the Young, Queen City Chamber Opera, the Carnegie Theatre of KY, Chicago Verismo Opera, Chicago Gilbert & Sullivan, Middlebury German for Singers, Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar, and the Bay View Music Festival, among others. Her favorite roles performed include Adele in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Musetta in La bohème, Lily in The Secret Garden, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro.
Her soloist work features Handel’s Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach's Weinachts Oratorium, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasie and Symphony No. 9. She has performed as a soloist with the Orchestra of Northern New York (ONNY), the Rockford Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Knox Music Series (Cincinnati), the Vocal Arts Ensemble (Cincinnati), the Chicago College of Performing Arts Orchestra, and the Beacon Street Chamber Players (Chicago).
Her skill as a contemporary performer has been showcased as a Vocal Fellow in Stephanie Blythe's Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar (where she worked with Ricky Ian Gordon), as the soprano soloist in Tommasini's Three Spanish Songs with the CCM Chamber Wind Ensemble, as Sylvia in Douglas Pew’s A Game of Hearts, performed with NANOworks Opera, in the world Premier of Kyong-Me Choi’s Guggenheim Foundation multi-media theatrical presentation of her new compositional work, The Eternal Tao, in Cincinnati’s Constella Festival, where she sang on the Organically Charged: Nico Muhly concert, and, most recently, as the soprano soloist for the Brooklyn Arts Collective Dirty Churches workshop of the new opera Eater of Hearts.
Samantha holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music degree from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance from the University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music.
Samantha is currently an Associate Tutor in Music Theatre at Edge Hill University. She has taught on faculty at St. Lawrence University, the Northern Kentucky University school of Theater and Dance and the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. In the summer, Samantha teaches on faculty at the Crane Youth Music Camp and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
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