Samuel Kidd, baritone, is a second-year master student studying vocal performance at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, under the instruction of Bill McGraw. He also graduated from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Freda Herseth.
At CCM, Samuel performed the roles of Krušina in the mainstage production of The Bartered Bride, 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.
While at home on the opera stage, Samuel's first love and passion is for art song and recital singing, in particular German Lieder. In April 2021 he participated in the Caramoor Rising Star program, directed and curated by Steven Blier. He was also featured in the New York Festival of Song's online season in September 2020. At The University of Michigan, he gave two performances of Schubert's Winterreise, as well as Mahler's Kindertotenlieder with the University Symphony Orchestra.
This summer, Samuel will return to Wolf Trap Opera as a Studio Artist, covering the roles of Anthony in Sweeney Toddy and Ophémon in L'Amant Anonyme. He was also a Studio Artist with WTO in 2020, performing in the scenes program. In 2018 and 2019 Samuel was 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 2021