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The rose elf
Rose - beautiful, blooming rose - Samantha Hankey
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"With her supple mezzo, Samantha Hankey transforms the meaning of the smothered Elf’s distressed cries from inside a rose placed over the Beloved’s (still-beating) heart. Her gushing consonants, fondling portamentos and libidinous low notes on the line “the white heat of his flesh makes me sweat” convey intense carnal—even sadomasochistic—desire. In a Liebestod on behalf of the dead couple, Hankey flits nymphlike through Hertzberg’s idiomatically graceful vocal writing, building up to the climactic “Apocalypse of Petals.”
—Joe Cadagin for Opera News
The wake world
Is that you my love... Come my dear one - Samantha Hankey
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"Equally strong is mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey, as the Fairy Prince, Lola’s love and guide, especially in the Prince’s extended aria “Come, my dear one, my darling,” a setting of a poem by Crowley that serves as the apotheosis of the drama."
—Arlo McKinnon for Opera News
BARCELONA | BARD | BAYERn
Watch excerpts from Ms. Hankey's performances in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, Bard Music Festival's Nadia Boulanger recital, and Der Rosenkavalier at the Bayerische Staatsoper.
NIGHTLY MET Opera
As a part of the Metropolitan Opera's free Nightly Opera Streams, Ms. Hankey appears as Mlle Dangeville in the January 2019 production of Adriana Lecouvreur and as Mercédès in the February 2019 production of Carmen.
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