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Samuel James Dewese

Voice Type:

Baritone

Nationality:

American

Country:

Germany

Languages (fluent):

English, French

Opera

Eugene Onegin
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
Royal College of Music, London
2018
The Jailer
The Rake's Progress (Stravinsky)
Royal College of Music, London
2017
Amida
L'Ormindo (Cavalli)
Royal College of Music, London
2017
Il Conte
Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Royal College of Music, London
2017
Guglielmo
Così fan tutte (Mozart)
Royal College of Music, London
2017
Peter
Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck)
New Moon Opera Company
2016
Marcello​
La Bohème (Puccini)
Windy City Opera
2015
David
A Hand of Bridge (Barber)
Floating Opera Company
2015
Papageno
Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)
Kunming Opera Festival
2011
2nd Armed Man
Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)
Kunming Opera Festival
2011
Gianni Schicchi
Gianni Schicchi (Puccini)
Kunming Opera Festival
2011
Mercurio
La Calisto (Cavalli)
Illinois Opera Theatre
2011
Vicar Gedge
Albert Herring (Britten)
Illinois Opera Theatre
2010
Ceprano
Rigoletto (Verdi)
Illinois Opera Theatre
2010
Paris
Roméo et Juliette (Gounod)
Illinois Opera Theatre
2008

Operetta/G&S

Astrophel
The Arcadians (Monckton)
Opera Della Luna
2018
Archibald Grosvenor
Patience (Sullivan)
Royal College of Music, London
2017

Contemporary Opera

John Henry
John Henry (McCarthy)
Tête à Tête
2018
Lady Macbeth
The Perfect Opera (Davis)
Virtually Opera
2018

Art Song

Soloist
Old American Songs (Copland)
Royal College of Music
2017
Soloist
Die Schöne Müllerin (Schubert)
University of Illinois
2011

Oratorio/Concerts

Bass soloist
Israel and Egypt (Handel)
Highgate Choral Society
2018
Bass soloist
Mass in G Major (Bach)
Portsmouth Cathedral
2017
Bass soloist
Chandos Anthem 9 (Handel)
Portsmouth Cathedral
2017
Bass soloist
Messiah (Handel)
Sun Prairie Methodist Church
2010
Bass solosit
Seven Last Words of Christ (DuBois)
Community United Church of Christ
2010

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

(C) Chris Keenan 2017

(C) Chris Keenan 2017

(C) Chris Keenan 2017

Competitions

Hariclea Darclée International Singing Competition Grand Finalist (2017)

Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Midwest Regional Finalist (2016)

James Toland Vocal Arts International Singing Competition 2nd Prize (2015)

Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Midwest Regional Finalist (2014)

Samuel Dewese is possessed of an outgoing, golden personality, which effortlessly fills every corner of a large hall: he possesses his audience without making any apparent effort to do so. A gift indeed! He intertwined da Ponte’s words with Mozart’s music, making them one, delivering with the finest Italian of any singer of any age that I have heard –‘Hai già vinta la causa … Vedrò mentr’io sospiro’ from Le nozze di Figaro. (http://seenandheard-international.com/2017/11/ann-murrays-masterclass-at-the-va-part-of-opera-passion-power-and-politics/) (2017)

Master of Opera Performance
Royal College of Music, London
2016–2018
Bachelor of Music
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2007–2012

American baritone Samuel James Dewese is rapidly making a name for himself as an evocative artist in London and beyond. He is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Music, London, where he was the grateful beneficiary of a Vivian Prins Award. In the 2018 season Samuel debuted the title role of John Henry/McCarthy with Tête à Tête Opera and the role of Lady Macbeth in The Perfect Opera/Davis with Virtually Opera.

After his orchestral debut singing excerpts from Beethoven’s Fidelio with the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra in May of 2011, Samuel returned to Champaign, Illinois as a featured soloist with the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Urbana in the summer of 2012, performing Schubert and Brahms Lieder. Samuel made his international debut in China performing the title role in Gianni Schicchi/Puccini with the Kunming Opera Festival. In 2015, Samuel made his Chicago debut as Marcello in La Bohème/Puccini with Windy City Opera and he has been seen regularly with Opera On Tap Chicago across the city. In June 2016 he performed the role of Peter, the Father in Hansel & Gretel/Humperdink.

Samuel is the proud recipient of the Joann Damman Memorial Scholarship from the Bel Canto Foundation of Chicago and is among the recipients of the Golden Lyre Foundation Award from the University of Illinois School of Music. Samuel is a two-time St. Louis District winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and took 2nd place in the 2015 James Toland Vocal Arts International Singing Competition in Oakland, California. In August 2017 Samuel was a grand finalist in the Hariclea Darclée International Singing Competition in Braila, Romania, and he was invited to the live semifinal rounds of the 55th Francisco Viñas International Singing Contest 2018.

Samuel earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois, where he appeared onstage in roles including Vicar Gedge/Albert Herring, Mercurio/La Calisto, Paris/Roméo et Juliette, and Ceprano/Rigoletto. He received a Master of Performance with Distinction from the Royal College of Music, London in 2018, under the guidance of Graeme Broadbent and Gary Matthewman. Recent performances at the RCM include the title role in Eugene Onegin/Tchaikovsky, Guglielmo/Così fan tutte, Il Conte/Le Nozze di Figaro, Amida/L'Ormindo, while recent recital highlights include Copland's Old American Songs, the European premiere of Eric Malmquist's Chicago Songs, and an exploration of romances written by F. P. Tosti during his time in London.

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