Samuel Dundas

Samuel Dundas

​A graduate of the Melba Conservatorium of Music, Samuel Dundas’ performance experience encompasses opera, musical theatre and concert performances.

He has sung in concert throughout Australia and New Zealand, including with the Adelaide, Melbourne, Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

Major role debuts will be a feature of Samuel Dundas’ year as he performs Wolfram (Tannhäuser) for Opera Australia, the Count (Capriccio) for Victorian Opera, and Donner (Das Rheingold) for Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He also returns to both the TSO and WASO for Faure’s Requiem, to West Australian Opera for Marcello (La Boheme) and appears in the opening concert of Perth Festival, Music of the Spheres. Samuel will finish his year by creating the title role in Richard Mills’ new opera, Galileo.

In recent seasons Samuel has appeared in the role of Aphron in The Golden Cockerel for Adelaide Festival, as Marcello and the title role (Voss) for State Opera South Australia, (Marcello also for Opera Australia) Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and Mozart‘s Requiem for Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Carmina Burana for Festival of Voices, Hobart and Adelaide Symphony, Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, for Victorian Opera, and given recitals, The Wanderer’s Life, in Burnie and for the Ten Days on the Island Festival, for Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and in the Chamber Landscapes series at Ukaria for Adelaide Festival.

Samuel joined Opera Australia as a member of the Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist program and subsequently became a principal artist with the company, where his many roles include Marcello (La Boheme), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Papageno and Priest (The Magic Flute), Dr Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Belcore (The Elixir of Love), Silvio (Pagliacci), Marquis (La Traviata), Prosdocimo (Il turco in Italia), Yamadori (Madama Butterfly), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Ceprano (Rigoletto), Pish Tush (The Mikado), Morales (Carmen), Gaoler (Tosca), Sid (Albert Herring), Fiorello, Ambrogio and Notary as well as covering Figaro (The Barber of Seville), Doctor/Inquisitor/Judge/Stanislaus (Candide), Handsome (La Fanciulla del West), Cascada (The Merry Widow) and Starveling (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). He has also taken the title role in Opera Australia’s Regional Tour of Don Giovanni and the roles of the High Priest, Politician and The Reporter in Sydney Opera House: The Opera, celebrating Opera Australia’s 60###sup/sup### Anniversary Season on the steps of the Sydney Opera House.

Further opera engagements include the title role in a new opera Ned Kelly (Styles) commissioned by Lost & Found Opera and Perth Festival; Dancairo and Morales in Carmen for State Opera South Australia; Count Carl Magnus Malcolm in A Little Night Music for Victorian Opera; Papageno (The Magic Flute) for New Zealand Opera; Marcello (La Bohème) for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour; Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Count Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro) and Valentin (Faust) for West Australian Opera; Marcello in Hanoi, Vietnam and Morales and Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet) in concert performances with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

After making his operatic debut with Opera Queensland in 2005, Samuel went on to become a member of Victorian Opera’s Artist Development program. Roles he has performed with Victorian Opera include the title role in Don Giovanni, Papageno (The Magic Flute), Golaud (Pelléas et Mélisande), Harasta (The Cunning Little Vixen), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Belcore, Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos), the Second Soldier (The Love of the Nightingale), Creon/The Messenger (Oedipus Rex) and Chief Clerk (Metamorphosis), as well as Schaunard in the Puccini: The Sacred and Profane Gala concert.

Further concert engagements have included Fauré Requiem with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Carmina Burana with the Adelaide and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, Fauré Requiem with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Brahms Requiem with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Opera Under The Stars, Broome, and the inaugural concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music.

In 2013 Samuel won the Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship and in 2014 was the proud recipient of the inaugural Dame Heather Begg Award.


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