Winner of the 2017 Wagner Society Singing Competition, London-based Australian tenor Samuel Sakker is an alumnus of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme and a former company principal of the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden.
His operatic highlights include Tristan in Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde (Opéra national de Lorraine, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen in Ghent, Opera Théâtre de Caen), Erik in Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer (Angers Nantes Opéra, Opéra de Rennes, Nederlandse Reisopera in Enschede, Cape Town Opera), Siegmund in Wagner’s Die Walküre (Melbourne Opera), Florestan in Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fidelio (Lyric Opera Ireland in Dublin), Boris and Tikhon in Leoš Janáček’s Kátya Kabanová (Scottish Opera), Don Jose in Georges Bizet’s Carmen (Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen), Pollione in Vicenzo Bellini’s Norma and Macduff in Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth (both in Melbourne Opera), Cavaradossi in Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca (English Touring Opera), Federico in Francesco Cilea’s L’arlesiana (Opera Holland Park in London), Rodolfo in Puccini’s La boheme (Scottish Opera in Glasgow), Alfredo in Verdi’s Traviata (Royal Opera House, New Zealand Opera, Melbourne Opera) and subsequent roles in opera houses in Australia.
On the concert platform he has performed tenor parts in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Verdi’s and Mozart’s Requiems, Georg Friedrich Händel’s Messiah, and Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time. He took part in a Grammy-nominated recording of John Adams’ opera Doctor Atomic (as Dr James Nolan) and in William Alwyn’s Miss Julie (Chandos). He has performed with many conductors, including Sir Antonio Pappano, Alan Gilbert, Hartmut Haenchen, Daniel Oren, Dan Ettinger, Marc Minkowski, Nicola Luisotti, Sakari Oramo, James Gaffigan, Leo Hussain and Alejo Pérez. He will soon make his debuts in the title roles of Wagner’s Lohengrin (Ópera de Oviedo) and Tannhäuser (Oper Graz), as well as his first appearance at Glyndebourne Festival Opera.