Samuel Kidd, baritone
Saturday March 21 @ 8:00 PM
Baritone, Samuel Kidd, and pianist, Bernard Tan, return to Kerrytown Concert House to present Franz Schubert’s achingly beautiful song cycle, Winterreise (Winter Journey), a composition that is regarded by many as the crowning achievement of the composer’s oeuvre of lieder.
In 2018, Samuel Kidd was named a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the Michigan District and awarded the David DiChiera prize for most promising young artist. He also won the University of Michigan Undergraduate Concerto Competition in 2016, and The Friends of Opera Undergraduate Competition in 2017.
Samuel will be joining Wolf Trap Opera this summer as a Studio Artist, covering the role of Gregor Mittenhoffer in Elegy for Young Lovers, and singing in the chorus for Eugene Onegin. The past two summers, he has been a vocal fellow at the Music Academy of the West. In 2019, he performed the roles of Ethan/Owens in Cold Mountain by Jennifer Higdon, as well as the bass solos in Pulcinella by Stravinsky under the baton of Thomas Adès. In 2018, he performed the role of Jazz Trio in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, as well as in the chorus of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.
Samuel enjoys oratorio and choral singing, having performed the baritone solos in Vaughn Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Haydn’s Creation and Mozart’s Requiem with the Plymouth Oratorio society, and bass solos in Bach’s Mass in B minor and Montiverdi’s 1610 Vespers with Audivi and the Michigan Bach Collective.
A first-year master student studying vocal performance at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati under the instruction of Bill McGraw, Samuel will perform the roles of Krušina and Sprecher in the mainstage productions of The Bartered Bride and Die Zauberflöte, in addition to the title role in the workshop production of Falstaff in the Conservatory’s current season.
Malaysian pianist, Bernard Tan, is a collaborative pianist, vocal coach and opera répétiteur, currently residing in Michigan, USA, completing the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) programme in collaborative piano at the University of Michigan, under the tutelage of the world-renowned Martin Katz. His versatility as an artist has seen him appointed as opera coach in productions in Italy, Canada and the USA. He recently attended Music Academy of the West as a vocal piano fellow and was a coaching fellow in both Opera on the Avalon (Canada) and International Lyric Academy (Italy) in 2018.