Anna Samuil

Introduction

Internationally celebrated soprano is a principal soloist at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin where she sings parts such as Elisabetta Don Carlo, Mimi La Bohème, Violetta La Traviata, Miss Jessel The Turn of the Screw and concerts of Beethoven 9 with Barenboim in the annual New Year’s Eve Gala concert. Outside Berlin, recent and future highlights include War Requiem with the Lorin Maazel at Munich’s Philharmonie am Gasteig, Adele Die Fledermaus with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Rachmaninov’s The Bells at Konzerthaus Berlin, in Goteborg and at the Royal Festival Hall, Mimi at the Semper Oper Dresden, Beethoven 9 for the 80th Anniversary of the Palacio de Bellas Artes of Mexico and Freia Das Rheingold with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

Anna Samuil has appeared at Festivals and Opera Houses such as the Metropolitan Opera New York, Teatro alla Scala Milan, Salzburg Festival, Bunka Kaikan Tokyo, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Arena di Verona, Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Opera de Vallonie Liege, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Berliner Staatsoper, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera National de Lyon, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Grand Theatre Luxembourg, Deutsche Staatsoper am Rhein Düsseldorf, La Monnaie Brussels, Teatro di Maestranza in Sevilla, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Baltimore Opera, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Verbier Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Kissinger Sommer Festival, Palau les Arts, Valencia, Pittsburgh Opera, Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Festival de Musique de La Reunion, Festival International du Colmar and the Rheingau Music Festival. In summer 2013 she appeared as Freia and Gutrune in Barenboim’s Ring at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.
 
Ms Samuil has worked extensively with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Sir Neville Marriner, Zubin Mehta, Antonio Pappano, Vladimir Jurowski, Gustavo Dudamel, Placido Domingo, Fabio Luisi and Philippe Jordan to name but a few.
 
She has also made various recordings including a CD of Britten’s War requiem with Sir Marriner, DVDs of Eugene Onegin with Barenboim which is also featured on "Best of 50 years of Grosses Fespielhaus Salzburg" (Deutsche Grammophon), a DVD of a new production of Don Giovanni from Glyndebourne with Jurowski (EMI) and a CD of Don Giovanni with Mehta and Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra (Helicon). Her latest recording of Beethoven IX with Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has been released on the compilation Beethoven for all (Decca). 

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Repertoire

OPERA

Bizet
Carmen Micaëla

Donizetti
L'elisir d'amore Adina

Glinka
Ruslan und Lyudmila Lyudmila

Mozart

Le nozze di Figaro La Contessa di Almaviva  
Don Giovanni Donna Anna  
Così fan tutte Fiordiligi

Prokofiev
Bethrothal in a Monastery Louise

Puccini
La Bohème Mimì, Musetta

Rimsky-Korsakov
The Golden Cockerel Shemakhan Tsaritsa  
The Tale of Tsar Saltan Tsarevna, Swan-Bird

Smetana
The Bartered Bride Mařenka

Strauss
Die Fledermaus Adele,Rosalinde

Tchaikovsky
Mazeppa Maria  
Eugene Onegin Tatiana
Ionlanta title role

Verdi
Rigoletto Gilda  
La Traviata Violetta  
Falstaff Alice Ford

Wagner
Lohengrin Elsa  
Das Rheingold Freia  
Götterdämmerung Gutrune + III Norne
Meistersinger von Nürnberg Eva  
Parsifal Blumenmädchen  

ROLES UNDER PREPARATION:

Bellini
Norma title role

Donizetti
Anna Bolena title role         
Don Pasquale Norina

Dvořák
Rusalka title role

Gounod
Faust Marguerite
Roméo et Juliette title role

Massenet
Manon title role
Thaïs title role

Mozart
Don Giovanni Donna Elvira
Idomeneo Elettra
La clemenza di Tito Vittelia

Offenbach
Les contes d’Hoffmann Antonia

Prokofiev
War and Peace Natasha

Puccini
Turandot Liu

Rossini
Il turco in Italia Fiorilla

Verdi
Otello Desdemona           
Il Trovatore Leonora
Simone Boccanegra Amelia
Luisa  Miller title role
I Manasdieri Amalia

CONCERT

Beethoven
Symphony No. 9 in d-minor op.125  
Christus am Ölberge op.85  
Concert Aria Ah, perfido! op.65

Britten
War Requiem op.66

Händel
Messiah HWV 56

Mahler
Symphony No. 4G-Dur

Mozart
Mass in c-minorl KV 427
Exsultate, jubilate KV 165 (158a)
Requiem KV 626

Prokofiev
Hamlet op.77

Rossini
Petite Messe solennelle
Stabat Mater

Shostakovich
Seven Romances after Alexander Blok op.127

Strauss
Four Last Songs

Tippett
A Child of our Time

Verdi
Messa di Requiem

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Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City

GALA DE 80 ANIVERSARIO DEL PALACIO DE BELLAS ARTES

Carlos Miguel Prieto, director artístico

Jorge Federico Osorio, piano

Coro del Teatro de Bellas Artes

Anna Samuil, soprano

Vesselina Kasarova, mezzosoprano

Gerhard Siegel, tenor

Kurt Rydl, bajo

Beethoven: Fantasia Coral op. 80
Beethoven: Sinfonia No. 9 op. 125

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Press

Wagner

Götterdämmerung

BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall

"Anna Samuil's innocent Gutrune was immaculately realised, both vocally and dramatically."


George Hall for The Guardian

Götterdämmerung

Staatsoper im Schiller Theatre

Anna Samuil präsentiert stimmlich eine bezaubernde Gutrune mit weichem Sopran

Thomas Molke for Online Musik Magazin

Rheingold

Staatsoper im Schiller Theatre

Anna Samuil stattet die Freia mit leuchtendem, frischem Sopran aus

Thomas Molke for Online Musik Magazin

Don Giovanni

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra / Zubin Mehta

"Russian soprano Anna Samuil is an Italianate Donna Anna — a full lyric soprano, rather than the roof-raising dramatic favored by German practice — but her timbre acquires an exciting thrust above the staff. She negotiates upward leaps with assurance and fairly sails through "Non mi dir," while her quieter singing suggests vulnerability."

Stephen Francis Vasta for Opera News

"Anna Samuil has plenty of passion and fire as Donna Anna and her voice is supple and warm, but it can really ring out."


Stephen Eddins for allmusic.com

La Boheme

Baltimore Opera

"The incomparable Mimi (Anna Samuil) is the thunder and lightning of the show. With here serene soprano sound and her simplistic wishes for life you fall instantly in love with Samuil’s portrayal of the classic flower girl. Her duets with Vasiliev swell your heart with ardent fever just to hear them; a deep compassionate longing for their stories to end happily. Her final aria, which starts and finishes as a duet with Rodolfo, "Sono Andati?" is as devastating as her ending; a beautiful tragedy that will make you weep with the remorse for love too short."

 

Amanda Gunther for DC Metro Theater Arts

Anna Samuil gave a sympathetic performance as the tender-hearted, consumptive seamstress Mimi, who, like her fellow Parisian bohemians, struggles with issues of love and livelihood. The soprano’s fast vibrato gave her tone intriguing coloring, and, at her best, her phrasing communicated vividly (....) in Act 3, with gorgeous, long-breathed sculpting of the last lines of "Donde lieta usci." This was exquisitely poetic singing.

Tim Smith forBaltimore Sun

Gala concert

Bad Kissingen Anna Samuil Pavol Breslik

"Fast wie in der Mailänder Scala
Es braucht nicht unbedingt immer ein großes Theater, um echtes Opern-Flair aufkommen zu lassen. Dies bewiesen jetzt Anna Samuil und Pavol Breslik auf der eher kleinen, aber feinen Bühne des Rossini-Saal bei ihrem bestens besuchten Konzert im Kissinger Sommer. Begleitet vom sagenhaft souveränen und ungemein einfühlsamen Pianisten Semion Skigin, boten Samuil und Breslik Belcanto vom Feinsten.
Von der Arie der Gräfin aus Mozarts Figaro bis Puccinis „O mio babbino caro" präsentierte sich die Russin Samuil in bester Verfassung. So bot die 36-Jährige mit ihrem lyrischen und klaren Sopran den Zuhörern einen echten Ohrenschmaus. [...]
Die ganze Bandbreite ihres facettenreich timbrierten Soprans kostete Anna Samuil insbesondere in der Arie der Tatjana aus Tschaikowskys Eugen Onegin aus. Dabei brillierte sie vor allem durch die unglaubliche Intensität ihrer Stimme, die sie in allen Lagen mit großer Energie verströmte. Plastisch in der Höhe, warm gefärbt in der Mitte und berückend in der Tiefe, sorgte sie hier für Gänsehaut-Feeling.
[...] nicht erst bei den beiden Zugaben aus Verdis La Traviata herrschte eine Stimmung fast wie in der Mailänder Scala."

Mainpost

Opera Gala Concert, July 2012

Wiesbaden

Anna Samuil[...] hatte das Konzert mit der Arie der Gräfin aus Mozarts „Figaros Hochzeit“ mit glockenhell aufstrahlendem Sopran und eigens eingebrachten Fiorituren viel verheißend eröffnet. In der Arie der Margarethe aus Gounods „Faust“ zeigte sie sich als sattelfester lyrischer Koloratursopran, der sich auch bei der passioniert und packend gestalteten Briefszene aus Tschaikowskys „Eugen Onegin“ dem jugendlich-dramatischen Rollenfach exzellent zu öffnen wusste. Richard Hörnicke for Wiesbadener Kurier

La Traviata

Pittsburgh Opera

Russian-born Anna Samuil, who scored in Pittsburgh Opera's 2009 "Eugene Onegin," has the makings of a first-rate Violetta. Her voice is a lyric soprano, focused and straight-toned, with the flexibility to negotiate the high coloratura required in the opening act; sufficient weight to carry the dramatic moments of Act 2; and the delicacy to make her death scene poignant if not exactly a tear-jerker. She is also a glamorous woman and a proficient if cool actress."

Robert Croan for Pittsburg Post-Gazette

"Anna Samuil, who played the role of Violetta, was a delight. Her pleasant voice and articulate body language enhanced the production, drawing the audience in."

Juan Acosta for the Tartan

"As the hypnotically beautiful courtesan Violetta Valéry, Russian soprano Anna Samuil returned to the Pittsburgh Opera (her debut performance was in 2009 as Tatiana in Eugene Onegin) and commanded the stage with a wonderful instrument. ......... the demanding role of Violetta seemed a perfect match for Samuil’s voice as she transformed in each of the three acts from a versatile coloratura to spinto and finally lyric as she sings nearly the entire finale from her death bed."

Christian Kriegeskotte for Operapulse

Don Giovanni, November 2010

Bayerische Staatsoper Munich

"Wunderbar Anna Samuil, die ihre Rolle als Donna Anna mit glockenreinem Sopran beglückte." Udo Pacolt for Der Neue Merkur

Opening Gala concert of Berlin State Opera, September 2010

Schillertheater

"Es folgen die Solisten des Ensembles (...) Am meisten Eindruck macht Anna Samuil, als sie mit ihrem Diven-Sopran Slawisch-Leidenschaftliches zu Gehör bringt."

Frederik Hanssen for Der Tagesspiegel

Don Giovanni, July 2010

Glyndebourne Festival Opera

"The singers perform with vigour and Anna Samuil as Donna Anna almost steals the show with her beautifully clear and powerful voice."

William Hartston for the Daily Express
"...and the best singing of the night from Anna Samuil's luscious Donna Anna"


David Gillard for the Daily Mail
"Anna Samuil possesses a rich, substantial tone, well deployed in Donna Anna’s arias"

George Hall for The Stage
"Anna Samuil – a touch of wildness in the vocal temperament - made quite a fist of Donna Anna’s challenging 'Non mi dir'".

Edward Seckerson for the Independent
"Anna Samuil's Donna Anna saved up everything for her final aria, which paid off in her solid coloratura passages"

Paul Levy for the Wall Street Journal
"Entre las intérpretes [...] brillan sobre todo las rusas Anna Samuil y Anna Virovlansky en sus respectivos roles de Doña Ana y Zerlina, respectivamente"

efe.com
"Anna Samuil (Donna Anna) was considerably more gutsy, with a voice that carried much better than the others"

Jonathan Wikeley for theartsdesk.com

Don Giovanni, January 2010

Hamburg State Opera

"Anna Samuil, der einzige und erst am gleichen Tag eingesprungene Gast, die sich dennoch nahtlos ins Ensemble fügte, lief zu keiner Sekunde Gefahr, aus ihrer Namensschwester eine Trauerweide zu machen. Da befand sich eine entschlossene Frau auf der Bühne, die weiß, was sie will. Sie ist den Koloraturen mehr als gewachsen und schafft es, auch noch dem virtuosesten Lauf mit Leben zu füllen, anstatt ihn nur technisch zu bewältigen." Michaela Koch for mittelloge.de

Eugene Onegin, October 2009

Pittsburgh

Singers triumph in Pittsburgh Opera's 'Onegin'
"From the moment soprano Anna Samuil began singing, the performance hit its groove. She was a wonderful Tatiana. Samuil offered a brilliant, dramatically fluent performance of the Letter Scene, in which she professes her love to Onegin. Samuil's mixture of vocal acting and body language was complete, while her vocal line was so clear and clean it was breathtaking. She fully conveyed the distance Tatiana travels to overcome fear and find the excitement of romantic
Samuil and Croft achieved great intensity in their final scene, . Samuil's triumph in the role was completed in this scene, in which she was not a tower of strength but rather was strong in the face of real temptation.  Pittsburgh Opera's production of "Eugene Onegin" is not to be missed, issues with the sets fade quickly in the presence of great singing."

Mark Kanny for Pittsburg Tribune
"A Russian delegation of one held her own summit at the Benedum Center Saturday night as soprano Anna Samuil put on a remarkable performance in Pittsburgh Opera's production of Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin."  Samuil was brilliant in her debut, moving from a girlish to a regal Tatiana while always singing with an elegant energy to the notes. And what commitment to her role! She was almost more convincing when not singing, from downward-cast shyness to barely held back tears when Onegin first rejects her."

Andrew Druckenbrod for Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Don Giovanni, July 2009

Verbier Festival

"In any case, the evening offered little if any cause for regret, thanks both to dramatically charged performances from Anna Samuil (Anna) and Annette Dasch (Elvira), each in compelling voice, and to the superb quality of the rest of the cast."

George Loomis, MusicalAmerica George
"En ce qui concerne la partie féminine de la distribution, notre coup de cœur va à la jeune Sylvia Schwartz qui incarne une Zerlina à croquer. Les Donna Anna et Elvira d’Anna Samuil et d’Annette Dasch exercent un pouvoir de séduction vocal incomparable. Une plateau de grands chanteurs qui se déplacent avec aisance dans leurs rôles respectifs. Du pur plaisir. La longue standing ovation qui conclut le concert et les acclamations du public pour chaque chanteur montrent à quel point l’assistance est comblée. A juste titre."

Nicolas Derny, Forum Opera
"Engagées il y a deux ans, les stars Edita Gruberova et Susan Graham avaient annulé quatre jours avant le concert, mais qu'à cela ne tienne : Martin Engstroem, fondateur de la manifestation suisse, ne panique jamais, la soirée fut sauvée par Anna Samuil, Donna Anna percutante et dramatique, d'une densité vocale très physique, et Annette Dasch, Elvire plus discrète."

Le Figaro

Recordings

Don Giovanni

DVD
Glyndebourne 2010
Vladimir Jurowski
Finley, Pisaroni, Samuil, Royal, Burden, Virovlansky, Loconsolo, Sherratt
EMI

Don Giovanni

Mehta
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Samuil, Ulivieri, Korchak, Spotti, Borsi, Muraro, Reiss, Orfila
Helicon