Canadian baritone Samuel Chan has been praised by critics for his “Velvet tones” and for his “vocal versatility” on the operatic, concert and recital stage. Recent stage performances include the roles of Don Asdrubale, Calandrino, and Gomatz in Mozart’s Lo sposo deluso, L’oca del Cairo, and Zaide (City Opera Vancouver), Jacob Grimm and the Donkey in Dean Burry’s The Brothers Grimm/The Bremen Town Musicians (Highlands Opera Studio), Yoshimoto in Stephen K MacIntyre’s workshop of Tom Pinkerton: The Ballad of Butterfly’s Son (Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre), and Bob in Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief (Fear No Opera). Other stage credits include Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina (CCM Opera d’arte), Pastore II/Apollo in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (Cincinnati Chamber Opera), the Page in Meotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors (Claremont Philharmonic), Ernesto in Haydn’s Il mondo della luna (Cincinnati Chamber Opera), and the Count in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (CCM Opera d’arte).
Oratorio credits include the role of one of the four Evangelists in Arvo Paert’s Passio, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, Jongen’s Mass Op. 130, Monteverdi’s Selva morale e spirituale, and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music. Recital credits include performances with the Cincinnati Early Music Festival, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Vancouver International Song Institute (VISI), and the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute. Samuel is the 2nd place winner of the 2016 Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio Competition, a district winner at the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions – Western Canada district, and a 2014 encouragement award winner at the 2014 MONC Auditions – Ohio district. Samuel is a graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, with further educational training at Highlands Opera Studio, VISI, Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Toronto Summer Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. He is a member of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.