Artist Biography

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Baritone Sam Roberts-Smith graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2008. In 2017 Sam joined the Deutsche Oper Berlin. 

After completing his studies he took a full time position with Australia's National opera company Opera Australia, firstly as a member of the Young Artist Program before joining the Principal Artist roster. 

Sam’s OA repertoire included productions of MacbethA Midsummer Nights DreamLa BohèmeLakméEugene OneginToscaManonLa TraviataCarmenDer RosenkavalierLa SonnambulaLes Pêcheurs de perlesMadama ButterflyFanciulla del WestIl TorvatoreLe Nozze di FigaroThe Magic FluteBlissRigoletto, and Don Giovanni.

He has appeared as a guest artist at both the 80th Birthday Gala concert for Richard Bonynge AC, CBE and the 80th Birthday Gala for Dame Joan Sutherland OM, AC, DBE.
Sam was requested by the Prime Minister of Australia to perform the National Anthem at the Australian National Memorial for flight MH17 in Melbourne, and at the first anniversary of the event at Parliament House in Canberra. 
Sam has won numerous competitions and awards including the Opera Foundation for young Australian’s Deutsche Oper Berlin Award, the Australian Singing Competition, the Joan Sutherland Vocal Scholarship, Symphony Australia Young Vocalist Award, and is winner of multiple prizes at the International Paris Opera Awards held in Paris, France. 

In 2015 Sam returned to Perth as one of The West Australian Opera's inaugural Mentored Artists. He was selected as the Australian representative at the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition held in Amsterdam and made his China and role debut as Count Almaviva in the Australian International Opera Company’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro

After returning to Australia Sam was invited to perform Handel’s Messiah with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Since then he has made various role debuts including Marcello in Freeze Frame Opera’s La Bohème, Marco in Gianni Schicchi, Zurga in Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles and Cascada in the Merry Widow for The West Australian Opera.

Sam has performed extensively throughout Australia and internationally including performances in France, The Netherlands, South Korea, China, England, Scotland, New Zealand, North and South America.