Praised for her “luscious” voice and “distinctive…vividly dramatic” performances by Opera News, Samantha Hankey has established herself as one of the leading young mezzo sopranos of her generation.
Highlights of 2022-23 include opening the season with a Scottish Opera debut as Lorca in the UK premiere of Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov's critically acclaimed flamenco opera, Ainadamar, a Lyric Opera of Chicago debut reprising the role of Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel, and a Palm Beach Opera debut as Dorabella Così fan tutte. Samantha makes her Carnegie Hall recital debut featuring pianist Sophie Raynaud in Weill Hall as well as a return to the Metropolitan Opera, this time as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, including a Live in HD cinema broadcast before making her first appearance at the Santa Fe Opera in the title role of Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande in a new, site-specific production directed and designed by Netia Jones and conducted by Santa Fe Opera Music Director Harry Bicket.
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.