Tenor Samuel Hall has died at the age of 47.
The tenor died on Nov. 7 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.
Hall originally studied at the Eastman School of Music but went into the IT world where he received a degree in computer technology and spent 21 years as a self-professed “cubicle jockey” – designing, maintaining, and repairing business computer systems in Ohio.
However, he returned to music in 2011 when he reached the semifinals in a local “Opera Idol” competition in 2011. He began singing with regional opera companies in Columbus and Dayton, first as a chorus member and later as a soloist.
In 2016, he was accepted into the Sarasota Opera Apprenticeship Program and became a frequent guest at the St. Petersburg Opera where he performed in such works as “Carmen,” “Turandot,” “The Tales of Hoffmann” and “Il Trovatore.”
He also performed in other Florida companies including Opera Tampa, Sarasota Opera credits, Sarasota Festival of Vocal Arts, Opera Naples, Opera Orlando, Tampa Bay Symphony, First Coast Opera, Gulf Coast Symphony, Naples Bach Ensemble, Orlando Light Opera, and the Tampa Oratorio Singers. Outside of Florida, he performed with Opera Grand Rapids, Opera Project Columbus, New Albany Symphony, and Opera Columbus.
He is survived by his wife and his three children.