Samuel Kidd, baritone, is 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. He recently graduated from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Freda Herseth.
This upcoming season at CCM, 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. He was involved in several operas at the University of Michigan as Friar Laurence in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Dr. Talbot in Balcom’s Dinner at Eight, and Theseus in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
In 2018, Samuel 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 has also been named the winner of the University of Michigan Undergraduate Concerto Competition in 2016, and of The Friends of Opera Undergraduate Competition in 2017.
The past two summers, Samuel 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.
© Samuel Kidd 2019