Artist Biography

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Australian baritone Sam Roberts-Smith is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and is already recognised as one of the most exciting new talents to arrive on the international operatic scene.

Sam has recently completed his first season at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, a former WA Opera Mentored Artist, Opera Australia Young Artist, and former member of the Opera Australia principal ensemble. Even at this early stage of his career, Sam has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the operatic world including Leo Nucci, Patricia Racette, Simon Keenlyside, Stephen Costello, Charles Castronovo, Zeljko Lucic, Anja Harteros, Carlo Rizzi and Richard Bonynge.

Both in Australia and abroad, Sam has built an impressive catalogue of operatic repertoire with performances in Macbeth, A Midsummer Nights Dream, La Bohème, Lakmé, Eugene Onegin, Tosca, Manon, La Traviata, Carmen, Der Rosenkavalier, La Sonnambula, Les Pêcheurs de perles, Madama Butterfly, Fanciulla del West, Il Torvatore, Le Nozze di Figaro, The Magic Flute, Bliss, Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Rigoletto, The Merry Widow, Gianni Schicchi, Il Viaggio a Reims, Don Carlo, The Love of Three Oranges, and  Il Barbiere di Siviglia.

Always looking to challenge himself and grow as an artist, Sam successfully auditioned for Australia’s premier classical-crossover group The Ten Tenors. Unusual for an operatic baritone, he embraced the opportunity and remained with the group for several years while also juggling his main stage baritone commitments. Highlights from this period include performing at the Estadio Arena in Buenos Aires to a capacity crowd, performing for the families and patients of the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis Tennessee, and performing on Hollywood Live in Los Angeles. 

He appeared as a guest at the birthday gala for Richard Bonynge and Dame Joan Sutherland. The Australian Prime Minister asked him to interpret the Australian national anthem on the anniversary of the MH17 air accident in Melbourne and on the first anniversary at the parliament building in Canberra. While in Berlin, Sam was asked by the Australian Ambassador to Germany to perform for the Australia Day celebrations at the Australian Embassy. 

Sam has enjoyed much success on the competition circuit and is winner of numerous prizes and awards including being chosen as the Australian representative at the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition, winner of the Marianne Mathy Scholarship: The Australian Singing Competition, Joan Sutherland Society of Sydney Award, Symphony Australia Young Vocalist Award, Opera Foundation for Young Australian’s Deutsche Oper Berlin Award, and various prizes at the International Paris Opera Awards.