Samuel Queen was born and educated in London before reading English at Cambridge University, where he was awarded the Sir Rudolph Peters Prize for Music. He won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Professor Mark Wildman and Audrey Hyland. During this time, Samuel was a member of the Royal Academy Song Circle, with whom he made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2014, singing Lieder by Schubert and Schumann. He was a soloist in the Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata series. Samuel continues his studies with Professor Janice Chapman and is grateful to the Sickle Foundation for their generous support of his vocal development.
Recent/current projects include Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas opposite Mary Bevan at Queille Festival in France, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs and Riders to the Sea and Haydn’s The Creation.
Samuel’s operatic experience include Le Fauteuil in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges (BBCSO/Denève), Schaunard La Bohème, Blazes in Maxwell Davies’s The Lighthouse, Re Ariodante and Zaretsky/Captain in Eugene Onegin (RAO) along with the major Mozart baritone roles; he understudied the role of Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte) for Garsington Opera. Most recently, he appeared as Curio in Giulio Cesare for Bury Court Opera. An alumnus of the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme, Samuel played Mr Gedge in Albert Herring at Snape Maltings.
Equally at home on the concert platform, Samuel regularly gives recitals accompanied by Audrey Hyland. He has toured and broadcast extensively, including a live broadcast of Bach’s St John Passion (singing Christus) with the RTE Symphony Orchestra, under Nicholas Kraemer at Easter 2018. He has appeared as a soloist in Bach’s passions with the Israel Camerata and the Academy of Ancient Music.
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