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Blythe-Buesst Opera Prize (2010)
Maxwell Davies's Eight Songs for a Mad King was frankly stunning. Here we had a piece which was designed to be music theatre and Pantcheff's incarnation of the protagonist was mesmerising. Marchment had created a sequence of dramatically credible scenes, much involving a bath! But it was Pantcheff's spot-on projection of the variability of madness, combined with his incredible vocal histrionics. The vocal part, with its combination of baritone and alto registers with extended vocal effects, was written for the South African actor Roy Hart and was tailored to his particular skills. This means that each soloist must find his own way through the part, this Pantcheff did confidently and dazzlingly. - PLANET HUGILL (2014)
Samuel Pantcheff is excellent as the mentally ill officer as he struts across the stage in his regal garments singing to a "bird", thinking it is a beautiful woman. - CAROLIN KOPPLIN (2014)
Samuel Pantcheff puts in a startling, full-force performance as the Mad King. His perfectly controlled voice slides from growls to screeches, screams and yelps as he prances around a bathtub in a pool of white feathers. - TIM BANO (2014)
Samuel Pantcheff, playing a shell-shocked soldier who believes he is King George, delivered a bravura rendition of Peter Maxwell Davies' s songs, full of human pity, humour and violence, and (in everyone's favourite bit) grabbing and smashing one of the band's violins. Nice one! ***** - OPERA NOW (2014)
Samuel Pantcheff, tall and English-handsome, gave a bluff, consistently well-acted Guglielmo, with focussed, unaffected singing to match. - OPERA MAGAZINE (2014)
Samuel studied with Glenville Hargreaves and Audrey Hyland at Royal Academy Opera, after graduating with Distinction from the Masters in Vocal Performance. In his ﬁrst year of study, Samuel was awarded the Blythe-Buesst Opera Prize.
Recent operatic experience includes The King (Eight Songs for a Mad King) for Grimeborn Festival, Guglielmo for Pop-Up Opera, The Younger Gentleman in Exposition of a Picture by Stephen Oliver, conducted by Stephen Barlow for Buxton Festival, Aeneas (RAO), Zareskty/Captain in Eugene Onegin (RAO), L'horloge comtoise/Le chat in L'enfant et les sortileges at the Barbican with Stéphane Denève and the BBCSO. Other operatic experience includes Masino in La vera costanza (RAO), Nardo (cover) in La finta giardiniera, Storm Wind (cover) in Rimksy-Korsakov’s Kaschei the Deathless, and Commercial/Legal Councillors (covers) in Intermezzo all for Buxton Festival Opera; Schaunard and Benoit/Alcindoro in La bohème, and Cadmus in Semele. Roles in RAO scenes include Spencer Coyle (Owen Wingrave), Ping (Turandot), Don Giovanni, Harlekin and Simeon (L’enfant prodigue).
Samuel is an experienced oratorio soloist and recitalist. Oratorio highlights include bass solos in Bach's Cantata BW74 and BWV106 (‘Actus Tragicus’) for the RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series, Bach’s St John Passion in Ely Cathedral and Handel's Messiah at the Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg with the Johannesburg Concert Orchestra. Samuel was a soloist on a tour of Israel with the Israel Camerata and Avner Biron, performing Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Recital highlights include Schubert songs at St Martin-in-the-fields, London for the Royal Academy’s prestigious Song Circle, Schubert’s Winterreise, a recital of Beethoven Songs, and a French Song recital at the Institut Francais.
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