Mezzo-soprano Samantha Lewis has been praised for her inspirational emotive singing that has left audiences spellbound; audience member Alan Bain, following a performance of Karl Jenkins’s The Armed Man at Leicester De Montford Hall described Samantha’s singing as ‘The absolute highlight of the evening…the story telling of the voice in English is terribly important…in which Samantha’s performance was so good’. Christopher Morley’s review of the premiere of Liz Johnson’s Gentle Flame cantata called her ‘The undemonstratively eloquent mezzo soloist’. Samantha has a vehement passion for art song, particularly in the area of English and German Lieder: she won The Edward Brooke’s English Song Prize at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2019, performing a programme comprising some of her favourite composers: Purcell and Vaughan Williams.
Samantha developed an interest in opera after graduating with an MMus degree in Vocal Performance at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with Distinction; A highlight of her time was when she performed the role of Prospero in Jeremy Sams’ The Enchanted Island, a part she thoroughly enjoyed exploring, singing challenging arias by composers very close to her heart, Handel and Vivaldi. She has sung many roles including, but not limited to, Hansel in Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel, Second Lady in Mozart’s Magic Flute, Fanny Price in Jonathon Dove’s Mansfield Park, Ottavia in Monteverdi’s Coronation of Poppea and more recently, as Octavian in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, Cendrillon in Massenet's Cendrillon, Mother/Other-Mother in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Coraline and Dorabella in Mozart's Così fan tutte.
Inspired by her musical nan and rock musician father, she began her musical life as a chorister at the age of seven in Shropshire and has since featured as a soloist with many nationally acclaimed choirs, including The London Male Voice choir. She has also been a member of the Conservatoire’s Chamber Choir under Paul Spicer and Ex Cathedra under Jeffrey Skidmore, where she held a scholarship for the 2019-2020 season. She was subsequently awarded The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s Postgraduate Course Prize 2019-2020. She is currently remaining with her teacher, Yvonne Sandison, on the Conservatoire’s Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Performance on a full scholarship, generously provided by the Headley Trust and Walker Trust and has since become the winner of the 2021 St Clare Barfield Rosebowl for Operatic Distinction.
Away from her singing, Samantha enjoys cooking, playing video games and walking her two black Labradors, Rosie and Amber, alongside working intermittently as a locum Registered Veterinary Nurse, which she trained for at Harper Adams University as an undergraduate.