Lyric-coloratura Soprano Samantha Britt was just named Winner of The American Prize in Vocal Performance (opera), 2016-17, the Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award.
Samantha is equally comfortable in musical theater and opera, standard repertoire and premieres. Samantha recently performed the soprano solos in Carmina Burana with NY Camerata Orchestra. She portrayed the mercurial vixen Carla in the World Premiere, A Certain Quiet (by Haim Elisha, libretto by Rina Elisha) at Theater for the New City and before that, the delusional baker Leslie in Companionship, by Rachel Peters, at The Virginia Arts Festival. Samantha performed Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with San Antonio Opera, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, and Miss Wordsworth in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring, as well as Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof with Ohio Light Opera. She covered Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor with Green Mountain Opera Festival, where she also sang Alisa.
Originally from Rye, NY, Samantha Britt played trombone and piano for many years before discovering that her voice was her instrument. She earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University and her Master’s in Music from Manhattan School of Music.
Samantha was a winner of the Boston District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a finalist in the American Prize, the Arkadi Foundation competition, and the Mildred Miller International Voice competition, a multi-year Career Bridges Grantee, and the winner of the Opera Singers Initiative Young Emerging Artist award.