Samuel Levine is a radical voice in opera. The “wonderfully appealing,” “ardent tenor” (The New York
Times) regularly performs new and contemporary works to great acclaim, while collaborating with cutting-edge
directors and presenters to explore new ways of performing the standard repertory. His performances are
distinguished by his “full-bodied” and “bright-voiced” tenor (The Wall Street Journal), deeply sensitive
musicianship, and winning charisma on stage. Highlights of the 2018-19 season include Andy in Olga Neuwirth’s
Lost Highway at Oper Frankfurt, directed by Yuval Sharon, and Kunz Vogelgesang in Die Meistersinger von
Nürnberg at Nationaltheater Mannheim, directed by Nigel Lowery, both new productions.
2017-2018 season highlights included Opera Philadelphia’s inaugural Festival O, as Testo and Noah in the
Monteverdi/Beecher double bill War Stories, Handel’s Messiah in his debut with The Houston Symphony under the
baton of Paul Agnew, and two new productions at Oper Frankfurt: his European debut as Bertoldo in Enrico,
directed by Tobias Heyder, and as Der Alte Sträfling in Aus einem Totenhaus, directed by David Hermann.
Progressive projects included a reprise of the roles of Joe and Marcus in Robert Paterson’s Three Way at the
Brooklyn Academy of Music; the title role of Libby Larsen’s Frankenstein with West Edge Opera, directed by
Matthew Ozawa; and the title role in the world premiere of Mara: A Chamber Opera at the Rubin Museum, with
texts by the internationally-renowned Buddhist teacher, author, and scholar Stephen Batchelor.
A champion of new music, Mr. Levine has originated 11 roles to date. Notable world and North American
premieres include Noah in I Have No Stories to Tell You with Gotham Chamber Opera at the Metropolitan Museum
of Art; Joe and Marcus in Three Way with Nashville Opera and American Opera Projects; 1st Traveler in Clemency
with Boston Lyric Opera; Ravana in River of Light with Houston Grand Opera East + West; Andy in Lost Highway at
the Miller Theater; and Léon in the new performing edition of The Ghosts of Versailles with Opera Theater of Saint
Louis and Wexford Festival Opera, which was awarded “Best Opera” by the Irish Times. He also regularly
collaborates with innovative directors to present existing works in new, daring ways: these include RB Schlather’s
Alcina in a lower Manhattan gallery and Ariodante workshop at National Sawdust; the title role of Frankenstein with
Matthew Ozawa in an abandoned factory with West Edge Opera; Don José in Carmen in sacred spaces of
Savannah and coastal Maine directed by Edwin Cahill; and the Monteverdi/Beecher double bill War Stories with
Robin Guarino at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Mr. Levine is a 2017 graduate of the Juilliard School, where he received the Artist Diploma in Opera Studies and
the Novice Career Advancement Grant. Roles at Juilliard included Vana Kudrjas in Kat’a Kabanova, 1st Armed
Guard in The Magic Flute, and Le Mari in Les Mamelles de Tirésias. He also appeared with Steven Blier and the
New York Festival of Song, both at Juilliard and under the auspices of the 5 Boroughs Music Festival. Outside
engagements during this period included a return to Boston Lyric Opera for Carmen; Mascagni’s Iris at Bard
SummerScape; the world premiere of Three Way at Nashville Opera; and Lenski in Eugene Onegin with Eugene
Opera. Other career highlights Narraboth in Salome with Virginia Opera; Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Boston
Lyric Opera, the Aspen Music Festival, and Yale Opera; Mambre in Mose in Egitto with Chicago Opera Theater;
Fenton in Sir John in Love with Odyssey Opera; Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor with Arizona Opera; Bach’s
Kantata 163 with the Tanglewood and Aspen Music Festivals; Messiah with Chicago’s Apollo Chorus and the Fort
Wayne Symphony; and Bernstein’s Wonderful Town with the Orchestra Sinfonico di Milano Giuseppe Verdi.
Awards have included prizes and grants in 2018 from the Wagner Society of Northern California, from the 2017
Gerda Lissner Foundation, 2013 Liederkranz Competition, 2011 Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, 2010 Schuyler
Foundation for Career Bridges, 2009 Metropolitan Opera National Council Southeast Region.
Mr Levine holds Bachelor’s Degrees from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Oberlin College, a Master’s
Degree from Yale University School of Music, and is an alumnus of the young artist training programs of The Santa
Fe Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and, under the direction of Maestro James Levine, the Tanglewood Music
Festival. The Boston native now lives in Frankfurt, Germany, with his wife, the radiant American mezzo-soprano