It’s not every day a young singer graduates school, wins a competition, and immediately lands leading roles. Most take the path of young artist programs and go on to sing small roles in major opera houses before breaking out. But that is not the case with Samantha Hankey who this week makes another major debut in Europe.
After a successful European debut in Oslo in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” Hankey goes to Geneva for her debut at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. The debut also marks her debut as Siebel in “Faust” and also marks her first pants role. Hankey also gets to premiere a new production, which is not common for rising stars.
Hankey graduated the Juilliard School of Music in May after winning the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Quickly after that, she went on to make her Carnegie Hall debut and performed in the Merola Opera Program. She has also performed a diverse amount of repertoire, including the music of Janacek, Handel, Rossini, and Mozart. She has performed the role of “La Cenerentola,” “Agrippina,” and Rosina in “Il barbiere di Siviglia.”
As Hankey continues to grow as an artist she is sure to become a fixture of many opera houses around the world.
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Read our recent interview with this Rising Star: Q&A: Samantha Hankey On Winning The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions & European Debut