Samuel Pantcheff

Samuel Pantcheff studied with Glenville Hargreaves and Audrey Hyland at Royal Academy Opera, after graduating with Distinction from the Masters in Vocal Performance. In his first year of study, he was awarded the Blythe-Buesst Opera Prize. He was supported by the Mills Williams Award and the Norman McCann Prize.

Opera engagements include Leporello for Head First Productions, Lumaca La scuola de gelosi for Bampton Classical Opera, 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 (Helios Collective), Zareskty/Captain Eugene Onegin (RAO) , L’horloge comtoise/Le chat L’enfant et les sortileges at the Barbican with Stéphane Denève and the BBCSO. He has sung 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 solo experience includes Ode to Saint Cecilia (Dunedin Consort), Cantatas BWV74, BWV106 (Royal Albert Hall/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series), Messiah (Johannesburg Concert Orchestra), and St Matthew Passion (Israel Camerata). Highlights for 2018 include St Matthew Passion (Salisbury Cathedral) and Brahms German Requiem (St John’s Smith Square). He has worked as a soloist with Sir John Eliot Gardiner singing Bach Cantatas in venues across Europe including the Concertgebouw, Vienna Musikverein, Köln Philharmonie, Bach Fest (Leipzig) and the Barbican Concert Hall.

Plans include Juan in Joseph Phibbs’s new opera Juliana to be premiered at the Cheltenham Festival in July 2018, and his Scottish Opera debut in BambinO.

Gallery

Stravinsky’s Renard (Bloomsbury Theatre)
Juliana (Cheltenham Festival)
Juliana (Cheltenham Festival)

Artist Videos

"Churchyard's Agog' from Albert Herring - Benjamin Britten

“The baritone Samuel Pantcheff brought a resentful, rancorous swagger to Juan that played off Enever’s neurotic and mercurial Juliana with fearfully intense and potent chemistry.” Juliana/Cheltenham Festival, Opera Magazine, October 2018

“Samuel Pantcheff is Juan, who could seem more attractively dangerous than he does, though his fatal menace comes through in the end.” Juliana/Cheltenham Festival, Guardian, July 2018

“There are inspired comic performances from Samuel Pantcheff as Lumaca, the lanky servant with a beguiling baritone.” School of Jealousy/Bampton Classical Opera, The Stage, September 2017

“Samuel Pantcheff acted with bluff insouciance and sang with an elegant baritone as the servant, Lucama.” School of Jealousy/Bampton Classical Opera, Opera Magazine, September 2017

“I enjoyed the self-assured eye-brow raising and elegant phrasing of Samuel Pantcheff’s Lumaca (Blasio’s servant) at Bampton and have recently praised Pantcheff’s performances with The Opera Box : here, again, he stood out as a singer-actor who is never switched off, who is constantly seeking to interact with his fellow cast.” School of Jealousy/Bampton Classical Opera, Opera Today, September 2017

“…Samuel Pantcheff’s performance as Lumaca was one of the highlights of the opera for me. Pantcheff not only had a powerful voice…..but wonderful comic timing and an expressive face which captured all the absurdities of the plot. He also tackled some tongue-twistlingly quickfire delivery with nonchalant aplomb. He’d make a marvellous Figaro.” School of Jealousy/Bampton Classical Opera, The Idle Woman, September 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

Opera Repertoire

COMPOSER OPERA ROLE
Britten Billy Budd Billy
Britten Albert Herring Sid
Britten Owen Wingrave Owen
Britten The Rape of Lucretia Tarquinius
Donizetti Don Pasqale Dr Malatesta
Donizetti L'elisir d'amore Belcore
Haydn La vera costanza Masino
Lehar The Merry Widow Baron Zeta
Maxwell-Davies Eight Songs for a Mad King King
Mozart Così fan tutte Guglielmo
Mozart Die Zauberflöte Papageno
Mozart La finta giardiniera Nardo
Puccini La Bohème Schaunard
Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia Figaro
Strauss (Richard) Ariadne auf Naxos Harlekin