Samuel Oram baritone
Award-winning British baritone Samuel Oram has been acclaimed for singing “with fire and gusto” (Seen and Heard International) and for his "masterful breadth of line” (BBC Radio 3). A versatile and in-demand artist, he has recently appeared in the roles of the Lakai (Ariadne auf Naxos) with Longborough Festival Opera and Capelio (Capuleti e I Montecchi) with Opera Holloway; contemporary projects have included the role of The Commentator in The Colour Blue, by Simone Spagnoli, and, in a recording contract with SOMM Recordings, can be heard as John (Joubert, Jane Eyre) with the English Symphony Orchestra. Other roles include Belcore (l’Elisir d’Amore, Westminster Opera Company); Thoas (Iphigénie en Tauride, Euphonia Opera); Nardo (La Finta Giardinera) and Oberon (P.U.C.K.), both for the Royal College of Music International Opera School; and Marquis de la Force (Dialogues des Carmelites) with the Royal Birmingham Opera Company.
On the concert platform, Samuel has been commended on "captur[ing] all the exuberance and subversive intent of the author's text" (The Telegraph) and has performed a wide range of repertoire, including recitals of Earth and Air and Rain (Finzi), Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen (Mahler) with The Birmingham Sinfonia, The Crucifixion (Stainer) under David Hill with the Royal College of Organists, The 5 Mystical Songs (Vaughan Williams) around the UK and Europe, and during the 15/16 season made a rare performance of Advodath Hakodesh (Bloch). Most recently, he performed Finzi’s Let Us Garlands Bring with the Orchestra of Geneva in Lucerne, Switzerland, to much acclaim. For his work as a concert artist, Samuel is the prizewinner of the Royal Forest of Dean Herbert Howells' Prize, the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Singing Prize, and the Doris Newton Club Prize. He is also an Edward Brooks English Song Prize award holder and was a finalist in the London Song Competition in 2016.
Samuel has had the opportunity to train with masters in their field, and currently studies under the tutelage of Dennis O’Neill OBE. Whilst at the Wales International Academy of Voice he was generously supported by a Help Musicians UK Tutton Award, and as an Yvonne Wells Scholar at Royal College of Music, Samuel studied under Peter Savidge. He has also been sponsored by the Charles Jacobs' scholarship, Rotary Watches, The Winship Foundation and the Thistle Trust.
Upcoming performances for the 18/19 seasons include Silvano in Un ballo in maschera (Verdi) with Investec Opera Holland Park as a Young Artist, Schaunard in La bohème (Puccini) with Paisley Opera, and Zeus in new contemporary opera The Fire of Olympus (a collaborative work by Radius Opera). This season he will also work as a returning artist with Opera North’s Chorus in Silent Night (Putts) and Aida (Verdi).