With “much elegance and youthful tone” (Financial Times), mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey is increasingly lauded for her powerful stage presence, paired with a voice admired for its “dusky focus and hypnotic allure.” (The Times).
Hankey’s 2023-2024 season marks her debuts at the Royal Opera House, where she appears as Dorabella in Così fan tutte; Detroit Opera, in the role of the Fox in Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen; and at Lyric Opera of Kansas City in a role debut as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana. Following critically acclaimed performances as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier last season, Hankey returns to the Metropolitan Opera this season as Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette – a “Met Live in HD” production that will be seen on screens around the world. She also makes her much anticipated return to Opernhaus Zürich for director Kirill Serebrennikov’s revival of Così fan tutte, where she sings the role of Dorabella. In concert, Hankey performs as a featured soloist in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski and appears in recitals at Antwerp LiedFest and in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
July 9, 2023
'PellEas et MElisande' brings royal intrigue to Santa Fe Opera
Mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey will make her Santa Fe house and role debut singing Mélisande in Pélleas et Mélisande.
Not seen at the Santa Fe Opera since 1977, Claude Debussy’s symbolist masterpiece opens on Saturday, July 15. The production stars mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey as Mélisande.
February 8, 2023
Mezzo-Soprano Samantha Hankey to Join the Cast of DER ROSENKAVALIER at The Met
Mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey will make her Met role debut singing Octavian in Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier.
Der Rosenkavalier opens on March 27 with soprano Lise Davidsen as the Marschallin, soprano Erin Morley as Sophie, mezzo-soprano Katharine Goeldner as Annina, tenor René Barbera as the Italian Singer, tenor Thomas Ebenstein as Valzacchi, baritone Markus Brück as Faninal, and bass Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs. Simone Young conducts Robert Carsen's production.
June 30, 2022
In preparation for her Glyndebourne debut as Ruggiero in Alcina, Samantha Hankey reveals why playing
men gives her confidence, and why representation matters.
"I find playing a man on stage incredibly empowering.
I really notice the amount of space I can take up. And the costumes are so much more comfortable. I’ve never been a fan of corsets.”
February 4, 2022
LA OPUS: THREE LADIES SPARKLE IN
SAN DIEGO COSI
LA Opus' Erica Miner Interviews Sarah Tucker, (Fiordiligi) Samantha Hankey, (Dorabella) and Alisa Jordheim (Despina).
"San Diego Opera’s performance of Mozart’s Così fan tutte on Saturday, February 12, 2022, celebrates the Company’s safe return to the Civic Theatre since February of 2020 and the first time this opera has been presented by the Company since 2005. Three young American sopranos head the cast... All three, with their sparkling, youthful voices, are making names for themselves in major houses worldwide."
April 16, 2022
Cast Change in
Paris Opera’s ‘Cendrillon’
Samantha Hankey jumps into the role of Prince Charmant in “Cendrillon” at the Opéra National de Paris. This performance represents Hankey’s company debut.
She joins a cast starring Tara Erraught, Daniela Barcellona, Kathleen Kim, Charlotte Bonnet, Marion Lebègue, Lionel Lhote, Philippe Rouillon, Cyrille Lovighi, Olivier Ayault, and Vadim Artamonov. Carlo Rizzi conducts.