Born in Virginia and raised in Rye, NY, Samantha Britt played trombone and piano for many years before discovering that her voice was her true primary instrument. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University and her Master in Music from Manhattan School of Music. She lived in Manhattan until 2017, when she moved to Berlin, Germany.
Samantha Britt was named Winner of The International Singing Competition Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg and the Winner of the American Prize in Vocal Performance (opera). Samantha won the Boston District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Opera Singers Initiative Young Emerging Artist award, and she was a multi-year Career Bridges Grantee. She was a finalist in Arkadi Foundation’s “Opera Idol” and in the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition. She also won the Charlotte Black Memorial Scholarship at Carnegie Mellon University.
In March, Samantha made her Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden debut as a soloist in the septet of Babylon by Jörg Widmann. In November 2019, Samantha will make her Deutsche Oper Berlin debut as Danish Lady/Strolling player in Death in Venice, by Benjamin Britten. Prior to that, she performed as Artemis in the premiere of Herakleitos by Cyrus Meurant with the Kreuzberger Kamerata in the Hamburg Laeiszhalle (Kleiner Saal). Samantha performed the title role in Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate in German with Opera Incognita in Bavaria, where she has also sung the roles of Lucy in Gian Carlo Menotti's The Telephone and Nella in Gianni Schicchi. She covered Musetta in La Boheme with Stone Opera Berlin and performed the role in a special sold-out Boheme für Kinder (“Boheme for kids"). Samantha has performed Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with San Antonio Opera, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Miss Wordsworth in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring, as well as Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof. She covered the role of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor with Green Mountain Opera Festival, where she also sang Alisa. Other recent projects include: In Appetizing Portions, a surrealistic song-cycle by Fritz Myers for soprano, violin, and electric guitar; Carla in the world premiere of A Certain Quiet by Haim Elisha, libretto by Rina Elisha, at Theater for the New City in Manhattan; and the delusional baker Leslie in Companionship, by Rachel Peters, at The Virginia Arts Festival.