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Samuel Dundas


Management: Australasia

Voss, State Opera South Australia 
Samuel Dundas is truly excellent as Voss, capturing his failings (his indecisiveness, egocentricity and alienation) in an affecting way. He is equally fine in his love for Laura and the ultimately Christ-like spreading of his life-blood upon the firmament. Dundas is a fine dramatic, committed singer who moves effortlessly from naïve Romantic musing to true understanding through love which redeems him.”
Brett Allen-Bayes, Limelight, May 2022 

Samuel Dundas was an imposing figure, both physically and vocally, in the title role. His voice has a rich, dark, even quality, and there is an impressive intensity and suppressed violence in his performance.”
Michael Halliwell, ABRMay 2022

“Baritone Samuel Dundas, in what is arguably his greatest role so far, sang a very convincing Voss.”
Brian Angus, BachtrackMay 2022

La bohème, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, Opera Australia
“…Sustaining a focused, richly coloured timbre, baritone Samuel Dundas was an energetic and sympathetic Marcello.”
Murray Black, The Australian, March 23 2018

“…Popular baritone Dundas completes the journey from Young Artist to true leading man, delivering a magnetic, involving performance.  Of all the singers, Dundas’ voice seems best suited to the microphones, resulting in his vocals being the most impressive in a cast of highly capable singers.”
Simon Parris,  simonparrismaninchair.com, March 23 2018

Pagliacci, Opera Australia
“…baritone Samuel Dundas was a fervent, clear-voiced Silvio…”
Murray Black, The Australian January 2017

Carmina Burana, West Australian Symphony Orchestra
“….Lavish laurels to baritone Samuel Dundas; his singing was the chief joy of the performance.  I cannot too highly praise his artistry.  It was a model of its kind, with finely fashioned phrases and spot-on pitch”.
Neville Cohn, The West Australian, June 2015

The Magic Flute, Opera Australia
“…Samuel Dundas found an affectionate tone of self-deprecating ordinariness as Papageno, singing with assured mellifluousness…”
Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald, January 2015

The Turk in Italy, Opera Australia
“As Prosdocimo, Samuel Dundas’s firm-voiced timbre and ironic detachment are spot-on…”
Murray Black, The Australian, January 2014

A graduate of the Melba Conservatorium of Music, Samuel Dundas’ performance experience encompasses opera, musical theatre and concert performances. He has sung in concert throughout Australia and New Zealand, including with the Adelaide, Melbourne, Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.


This year, Samuel’s engagements will include the role of Aphron in The Golden Cockerel for Adelaide Festival, Marcello (La Boheme) and the title role (Voss) for State Opera South Australia, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 for Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Carmina Burana for Festival of Voices, Hobart, Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, for Victorian Opera, and a recital, The Wanderer’s Life, in Burnie.


In recent seasons Samuel has given recitals for the Ten Days on the Island Festival and for Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, sung Carmina Burana with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Marcello for Opera Australia, and appeared in the Chamber Landscapes series at Ukaria for Adelaide Festival, and at Opera in the Alps.  He had also been engaged to return to Victorian Opera for Frank/Fritz in Die tote Stadt and the title role in Voss, and to West Australian Opera for Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte.


Samuel joined Opera Australia as a member of the Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist program and subsequently became a principal artist with the company, where his many roles include Marcello (La Boheme), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Papageno and Priest (The Magic Flute), Dr Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Belcore (The Elixir of Love), Silvio (Pagliacci), Marquis (La Traviata), Prosdocimo (Il turco in Italia), Yamadori (Madama Butterfly), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Ceprano (Rigoletto), Pish Tush (The Mikado), Morales (Carmen), Gaoler (Tosca), Sid (Albert Herring), Fiorello, Ambrogio and Notary as well as covering Figaro (The Barber of Seville), Doctor/Inquisitor/Judge/Stanislaus (Candide), Handsome (La Fanciulla del West), Cascada (The Merry Widow) and Starveling (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). He has also taken the title role in Opera Australia’s Regional Tour of Don Giovanni and the roles of the High Priest, Politician and The Reporter in Sydney Opera House: The Opera, celebrating Opera Australia’s 60th Anniversary Season on the steps of the Sydney Opera House.


Further opera engagements include the title role in a new opera Ned Kelly (Styles) commissioned by Lost & Found Opera and Perth Festival; Dancairo and Morales in Carmen for State Opera South Australia; Count Carl Magnus Malcolm in A Little Night Music for Victorian Opera; Papageno (The Magic Flute) for New Zealand Opera; Marcello (La Bohème) for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour; Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Count Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro) and Valentin (Faust) for West Australian Opera; Marcello in Hanoi, Vietnam and Morales and Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet) in concert performances with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.


After making his operatic debut with Opera Queensland in 2005, Samuel went on to become a member of Victorian Opera’s Artist Development program. Roles he has performed with Victorian Opera include the title role in Don Giovanni, Papageno (The Magic Flute), Golaud (Pelléas et Mélisande), Harasta (The Cunning Little Vixen), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Belcore, Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos), the Second Soldier (The Love of the Nightingale), Creon/The Messenger (Oedipus Rex) and Chief Clerk (Metamorphosis), as well as Schaunard in the Puccini: The Sacred and Profane Gala concert.


Further concert engagements have included Fauré Requiem with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Carmina Burana with the Adelaide and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, Fauré Requiem with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Brahms Requiem with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Opera Under The Stars, Broome, and the inaugural concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music.


In 2013 Samuel won the Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship and in 2014 was the proud recipient of the inaugural Dame Heather Begg Award.


Samuel Dundas is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au
May 2022
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