Opera engagements includes Sharpless at the King’s Head Theatre, Papageno for Pavilion Opera, Baron Zeta The Merry Widow for Ryedale Festival Opera, Guglielmo for Pop-Up Opera, The Younger Gentleman in Exposition of a Picture by Stephen Oliver, conducted by Stephen Barlow for the Buxton Festival, Eight Songs for a Mad King with the Melos Sinfonia at the Grimeborn Festival and St Petersburg (Russian premiere), Aeneas (RAO), Zareskty/Captain Eugene Onegin (RAO) , L’horloge comtoise/Le chat L’enfant et les sortileges at the Barbican with Stéphane Denève and the BBCSO. Last summer he sang with Grange Park Festival Opera, and he recently sang the baritone roles in Alexander Goehr’s Tryptich on tour in Russia, and Ligeti’s Nouvelles Aventures and Aventures at the St Petersburg Philharmonia.
Other operatic experience includes Masino La vera costanza (RAO), Nardo (cover) La finta giardiniera, Storm Wind (cover) in Rimksy-Korsakov’s Kaschei the Deathless, and Commercial/Legal Councillors (covers) Intermezzo all for Buxton Festival Opera; Schaunard La Bohème, and Cadmus Semele. Roles in RAO scenes include Spencer Coyle Owen Wingrave, Ping Turandot, Don Giovanni, Harlekin and Simeon L’enfant prodigue.
Oratorio highlights include bass solos in Bach’s Cantata BW74 for the RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series, Bach’s St John Passion in Ely Cathedral and Handel’s Messiah at the Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg with the Johannesburg Concert Orchestra. Samuel was a soloist on a tour of Israel with the Israel Camerata and Avner Biron, performing Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Recital highlights include Schubert songs at St Martin-in-the-fields, London for the Royal Academy’s prestigious Song Circle, Schubert’s Winterreise, a recital of Beethoven Songs, and a French Song recital at the Institut Français.
Plans include Lumaca La scuola de gelosi for Bampton Classical Opera and Leoporello for Head First Productions at the Pleasance Theatre. He will be a Britten-Pears Young Artist in 2017.
“Pantcheff’s incarnation of the protagonist was mesmerising.” Eight Songs for a Mad King/Grimeborn Festival, Planet Hugill, September 2014
“Samuel Pantcheff puts in a startling, full-force performance as the Mad King. His perfectly controlled voice slides from growls to screeches, screams and yelps as he prances around a bathtub in a pool of white feathers.” Eight Songs for a Mad King/Grimeborn Festival, Everythings Theatre, September 2014
“Samuel Pantcheff, tall and English-handsome, gave a bluff, consistently well-acted Guglielmo, with focussed, unaffected singing to match.”
Opera Magazine, August 2014