Samuel Pantcheff is a graduate of the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Glenville Hargreaves and Audrey Hyland and won the Blythe-Buesst Opera Prize. Samuel is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and currently studies with Gary Coward.
For the 2019/20 season Samuel joins the Internationales Opernstudio Gerard Mortier at the Salzburger Landestheater, where productions will include Weber’s Oberon, Lohengrin, the Austrian premiere of Stuart MacRae’s Anthropocene and Viva la Diva (a new version of Donizetti’s Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali).
Operatic roles include Pulcino BambinO (Scottish Opera); Prince Yamadori Madama Butterfly and Haly L’italiana in Algeri (Diva Opera); Juan Juliana (Nova Music Opera); Onegin Eugene Onegin (OperaUpClose); Leporello Don Giovanni (Head First Productions); Lumaca La scuola de gelosi (Bampton Classical Opera), Sharpless Madam Butterfly (King’s Head Theatre); The King Eight Songs for a Mad King (Grimeborn Festival and Saint Petersburg Philharmonia); Papageno Die Zauberflöte (Pavilion Opera); Baron Zeta The Merry Widow (Ryedale Festival Opera); Guglielmo Così fan tutte (Pop-Up Opera); The Younger Gentleman Exposition of a Picture (Buxton International Festival); Aeneas Dido and Aeneas (RAO); Fiorello Il barbiere di Siviglia (Cadogan Hall); Ben The Telephone (The Opera Box); and L'horloge comtoise/Le chat L'enfant et les sortileges (BBC Symphony Orchestra, Barbican).
Oratorio experience includes Purcell Ode to Saint Cecilia (Dunedin Consort); Bach Cantatas BWV74 and BWV106 (RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series); Handel Messiah (Johannesburg Concert Orchestra); Bach St. Matthew Passion (Israel Camerata and at Salisbury Cathedral); Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem (St John’s Smith Square), and a European tour of Bach Cantatas as a soloist with the Monteverdi Choir at venues including the Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Kölner Philharmonie, Nikolaikirche Leipzig, and Barbican.
Haly / L’italiana in Algeri / Diva Opera / 2019
“As Hally, the baritone Samuel Pantcheff, far from having a secondary presence shows real vocal presence nourished by a particularly round and sonorous timbre.”
Juan / Juliana / Nova Music Opera at the Cheltenham Festival / 2018
"Pantcheff.... was in luxurious voice as he eventually destroys Juliana."
"There was much to like about this production, most notably the singing and acting of the excellent young cast. Samuel Pantcheff... as Juan was a charismatic stage presence, a louche and seductive figure in the first half, then revealed as something of a psychopath in the second."
(The Arts Desk)
Lumaco / The School of Jealousy / Bampton Classical Opera / 2017
“Samuel Pantcheff acted with bluff insouciance and sang with an elegant baritone as the servant, Lucama.”
"As Lumaca, Carlotta’s fellow servant, Samuel Pantcheff’s liquid baritone and faultless delivery made merry with quickfire passages Rossini might have envied, his sleepy-eyed delivery and comic instinct equally pleasing."