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 the world premiere of the Ouroboros Trilogy (Beth Morrison Projects), covering Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos, Lowell House Opera), and covering Tamara and singing in the ensemble for Rubinstein’s The Demon (Commonwealth Lyric Theater). This summer, she will sing the title role in Dvořák’s 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.
"From the podium, Rose led the large orchestra and chorus in what amounted to a triumph of stamina and execution."
"The choruses, both male and female, are so rewarding in this production that it’s a shame the choral numbers for the wedding guests have been eliminated from act two."
"This year, CLT is risking the main stream, moving to downtown’s Cutler Majestic Theatre, where it’s presenting... a Russian classic almost entirely unknown in this country..."