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Samuel Dundas


Management: Australasia

La Bohéme, 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

Samuel Dundas is a graduate of the Melba Conservatorium of Music and his performance experience encompasses opera, musical theatre and concerts. 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. 

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 Papageno and Priest (The Magic Flute), Dr Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Belcore (The Elixir of Love), Marcello (La Bohème), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), 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), as well as the title role in Opera Australia’s Regional Tour of Don Giovanni and the role 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.

Last year Samuel’s engagements included singing Silvio in Pagliacci and Marquis in La Traviata for Opera Australia, a return to Victorian Opera as Harasta in The Cunning Little Vixen and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor for West Australian Opera. Samuel also sang the role of Morales in a concert performance of Carmen with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and appeared at Opera Under The Stars, Broome.

2018 engagements will include performing Marcello in La Bohème (Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour) and Prosdocimo (Il turco in Italia) for Opera Australia, Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande for Victorian Opera and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet in concert for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Samuel has also recently sung Papageno for New Zealand Opera, marking his debut with the company, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro and Valentin in Faust, both for West Australian Opera, and Marcello (La Bohème) in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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), 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.

Concert engagements have included Carmina Burana with the Adelaide and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, Fauré’s Requiem with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Brahms’ Requiem with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, the inaugural concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, and his debut with Sydney Sinfonia in a Discovery series concert at the City Recital Hall, Sydney.

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
February 2018
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