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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)
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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