Samantha Schmid, lyric soprano—dedicates herself to exploring culture and communication. Recently named the winner of The American Prize in Vocal Performance (women in art song and oratorio), Ms. Schmid began the 2016–17 season as an ensemble member in Beth Morrison Projects’ world premiere of the Ouroboros TrilogyUpcoming performances include covering Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos (Lowell House Opera), covering Tamara in Rubinstein’s The Demon and singing in the ensemble (Commonwealth Lyric Theater), and Rusalka with Luke Housner’s ViVace Coaching Experience. A champion of contemporary and Slavic music, Ms. Schmid’s previous engagements include Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Constance (in the world premiere of Leo Hurley’s The Body Politic), Tina (Flight), Iolanta (Iolanta), Liza (The Queen of Spades), Iphigénie (Iphigénie en Tauride), Miss Ellen (Lakmé), Zlatohřbítek the Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen), Augusta’s Friend (The Ballad of Baby Doe), and Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte). Additional recognition for her artistry includes Honorable Mention as a Finalist in The American Prize in Vocal Performance (women in opera), advancing as a national semi-finalist in the New York Lyric Opera National Vocal Competition, inauguration into the Pi Kappa Lambda national music honor society, 1st Place in the Webster University Aria Competition, and multiple awards from The National Association of Teachers of Singing. Ms. Schmid currently resides in Boston and studies voice with Penelope Bitzas of Boston University. She recently received her Professional Studies Certificate and M.M. in vocal performance from The Boston Conservatory. She also graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Music from Webster University.

 

2016–17 Season Highlights

  • Performed in the ensemble for Beth Morrison Projects’ world premiere Ouroboros Trilogy
  • Covered Ariadne in Lowell House Opera’s production of Ariadne auf Naxos
  • Covered Tamara in Anton Rubinstein’s The Demon with Commonwealth Lyric Theater (Boston premiere)
  • Title role in Dvořák’s Rusalka at ViVace (Victoria/Vancouver Coaching Experience) with Luke Housner
  • Winner of The American Prize in Vocal Performance (women in art song and oratorio)
  • Selected as a national finalist with Honorable Mention for The American Prize in Vocal Performance (women in opera)

2015–16 Season Highlights

  • Mainstage debut at The Boston Conservatory as Tina in Jonathan Dove’s Flight
  • Constance in the world premiere of Leo Hurley’s The Body Politic with Juventas New Music Ensemble (Boston, MA)
  • Donna Elvira with Opera in the Ozarks (Eureka Springs, AK)
  • Selected as a national semi-finalist in the New York Lyric Opera National Vocal Competition (Division II, Northern Region)

2014–15 Season Highlights

  • Iphigénie (Iphigénie en Tauride) at The Boston Conservatory
  • End of an Era: A Master’s Voice Recital—featuring works by Sibelius, Crumb, Schoenberg, Messiaen, Stravinsky, and Rachmaninoff
  • Role debut with Lowell House Opera (Boston, MA) as Liza in The Queen of Spades, conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya
  • Young artist at the Russian Opera Workshop (Philadelphia, PA), performing the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta
  • Inaugurated into the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Gamma Psi Chapter

Biographical Info

  • Born in Saint Louis, Missouri on March 27, 1989
  • Graduated from Affton High School (’07)
  • Graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Webster University (’11)
  • Master of Music in Vocal Performance from The Boston Conservatory (’15)
  • Professional Studies Certificate from The Boston Conservatory (’16)
  • Currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts

Anecdotes

  • Enjoys graphic design and coding websites
  • Took time off after undergrad to work as a full-time Marketing Coordinator
  • Studied jazz theory and improvisation at Webster University, performing with the Jazz Singers’ Choir and Jazz Combos.
  • Played the viola for 9 years
  • Loves baking and decorating cakes in her free time
  • Vegetarian since age 13