LE NOZZE DI FIGARO

CHERUBINO

Opernhaus Zürich

June & July 2019

"Hankey gives a masculine Cherubino, the character of the teenage boy with a libido for two and a suspicion that he might actually be in love. Her ‘Non so più’ was lavishly good, with none of the wide-eyed gee-whiz-aw-shucks blandness that other singers impose; Hankey only turned dreamy at the very end of the aria, when she still maintained the character’s boastfulness amidst genuine naiveté."

SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL

 

AGRIPPINA

AGRIPPINA

Turku Music Festival

June 2019

 

“The intensity during the evening grew steadily and the same can be said about the performance of the protagonist Samantha Hankey. Like Agrippina, she was superb, just cold and full of authority and desire for power.”

HUFVUDSTADSBLADET

“Agrippina's artist, the US-based Samantha Hankey, has a fabulous, metallic sound, fine technical skills and a sculpturally superb nature. She was a dangerous and impressive sculptor on the scene."

HELSINGEN SANOMAT

“Agrippina was sung by Samantha Hankey, the 26-year-old American mezzo-soprano, who in spite of her young age had the vocal and charismatic backbone it took to portray Nero’s mother. Her marvelously rich mezzo bent for all the different tones of plotting from wheedling to putting people to their place.”

TURUN SANOMAT

der ring des nibelungen

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WELLGUNDE

The Metropolitan Opera

March-May 2019

 

"The three Rhinemaidens were performed by Amanda Woodbury, Tamara Mumford, and Samantha Hankey were everything you’d want from the trio. They were having a blast during that opening scene... Their singing had purity that combined beautifully throughout their ensembles."

OPERA NEWS

"Amanda Woodbury, Samantha Hankey and Tamara Mumford, as the three Rhinemaidens: All sang strongly."

THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Amanda Woodbury, Samantha Hankey, and Tamara Mumford all sparkled as the three Rhinemaidens, Woglinde, Wellgunde, and Flosshilde."

NEW YORK CLASSICAL REVIEW

“That opening scene with the Rhinemaidens (the wonderful trio of Tamara Mumford, Samantha Hankey and Amanda Woodbury) sets up the whole tetralogy, as they taunt the dwarf Alberich (an exciting debut for Polish baritone Tomasz Konieczny), who would be happy to hook up with any of them but hasn't a glimmer of a chance.” 

BROADWAY WORLD

"In the roles of the three Rhinemaidens, Amanda Woodbury, Samantha Hankey, and Tamara Mumford were in sync with one another throughout as they toyed and then warned Siegfried of his impending doom. There was general grace in their singing and their carefree manner with the young hero drew laughter and general enjoyment from the audience."

OPERAWIRE

“One more notable entry in the cast: mezzo Samantha Hankey—who I've watched since her days at Juilliard—as an earthy Countess Ceprano.”

BROADWAY WORLD

"Samantha Hankey, with just a few lines to sing as Countess Ceprano, made an impact in a platinum-blond wing and skintight, sequined dress à la Marilyn Monroe."

SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL

"This week, Grigolo made A-sharp ice cream out of “Mobile” and hit all of the Mantuan’s big marks. When he approached the Countess Ceprano (star-in-the-making Samantha Hankey, one to watch), you got the feeling the Count/Grigolo might actually be more turned on by a rejection because, heyo, change of pace."

PARTERRE BOX

RIGOLETTO

COUNTESS CEPRANO

The Metropolitan Opera

February-May 2019

CARMEN

“Samantha Hankey showed a dark, firm mezzo-soprano as Mercédès."

NEW YORK CLASSICAL REVIEW

The Metropolitan Opera

January & February 2019

MERCÉDÈS

 

ADRIANA LECOUVREUR

MLLE DANGEVILLE

The Metropolitan Opera

December 2018-January 2019

“The quartet of actors sung by Samantha Hankey, Patrick Carfizzi, Sarah Joy Miller, and Tony Stevenson were also enjoyable in their brief scenes, bringing comic timing and thrilling vocal fireworks."

OPERAWIRE

 

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PANTALIS

The Metropolitan Opera

November & December 2018

"In her company debut, the gifted American mezzo Samantha Hankey showed her fine timbre as Pantalis"

OPERA NEWS

"And as Pantalis, the company debut of mezzo Samantha Hankey, who is going to be a very big deal someday."

PARTERRE BOX

"Mezzo Samantha Hankey made a good debut as Pantalis, Helen's handmaid, and I look forward to hearing her in something more substantial." 

BROADWAY WORLD

"The dark-toned Samantha Hankey impressed as Pantalis, Helen’s companion."

BACH TRACK

"Samantha Hankey... showed a warm contralto in her company debut as Pantalis."

NEW YORK CLASSICAL REVIEW

 

THE ROSE ELF

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THE ELF

The Angel's Share

June 2018

"In the title role, Samantha Hankey gave a vividly dramatic yet otherworldy performance."

OPERA NEWS

"That the Elf’s vocal line also dips down into a sustained, almost jazzy chest register more than suits mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey in the role. Neither visually nor aurally is she the mite of Andersen’s story; rather, she could be Hecate or Parvati, a fully bloomed goddess of creation and destruction."

OBSERVER

"As the titular Rose Elf, Samantha Hankey was something of a charming contradiction: practically helpless, but tremendous in both voice and presence. Within the confines of the catacombs, there were even moments when Hankey’s resonance could be felt through my very clothes." 

OPERAWIRE

 

"The luminous voice and commanding physical presence of the mezzo Samantha Hankey – tall and statuesque in a silvery dress, her hands and part of her face stained red – embodied the title character’s hidden strength instead of Tinkerbell clichés."

NATIONAL SAWDUST

"Carrying the significant weight of the vocal element and acting as a kind of Greek chorus throughout, Hankey’s engaging presence and exquisite instrument endowed her with a shrewd ability to guide the listener through the underlying dramatism of the work. As she paced up and down the gallery, following, leading and at times becoming physically entangled within the orgiastic trio of siblings and lovers she was wont to observe, her portrayal of the dilemma of the Elf grounded the arc of the story even at its most abstract moments."

I CARE IF YOU LISTEN

"Mezzo-soprano and rising powerhouse Samantha Hankey starred as the Elf and did not disappoint. Hertzberg’s technically difficult score caused no hesitation from Hankey, her luxurious and vibrant sound navigating an enormous range with seeming ease and impeccable dramatic intent." 

HEDONIST SHEDONIST

GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA CUP

First Prize Winner

March 2018

"Yet few would deny that justice was done when Dame Janet Baker, as honorary chair of the judging panel, presented the top award to Massachusetts-born mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey... the coveted prize was won the hard way through brilliantly expressive accounts, superbly acted with minimal stage fuss, of two non-da Ponte arias, "Va pure ad altri in braccio" from La finta giardiniera and Sesto's exquisite "Parto, ma tu ben mio" from La clemenza di Tito. In their citation the judging panel noted that throughout the competition, from the heats to the final, Hankey had been a winner. "She has amazing stage presence and a beautiful voice that can be used in various sizes of theater. She understood what she was singing about, and she conveyed it with absolute clarity and wonderful musical intelligence." After hearing her luminous performances I doubt anyone would disagree."

MUSICAL AMERICA

"And it was with Sesto that the 25-year-old American mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey scooped not only our media award, but also the first prize of the main jury. Of all the singers, she seemed the most polished, golden of tone and convincing in inhabiting the complex worlds of her chosen arias. She navigated "Parto" with poise and subtlety, owning the character and coordinating with the clarinet as if effortlessly; and she drew us in also to a splendidly accomplished account of "Va pure ad altri in braccio" from La finta giardiniera. She has a natural charisma, centring on the voice itself; Hankey maintained grace and elegance, allowing her unfailing musicality to shine through."

THE ARTS DESK

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MS. HANKEY IN RECITAL

WXQR (New York City)

Rockport Music (Rockport, MA)

IMA Liederabend (Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz)

June & July 2018

"The featured artists mixed accomplished instrumentalists, who had performed at Rockport before with a singer in the early part of an international career who grew up on the south shore making her debut at the festival. Hankey, a native of Marshfield... wields a sizable voice, rich and warm in tone, whose registers connect from top to bottom virtually seamlessly. Her first phrases in Gestillte Sehnsucht (Stilled Longing) strikingly revealed her plush, contralto-like lower range."

THE BOSTON MUSICAL INTELLIGENCER

 
 

"La mezzo américaine Samantha Hankey s’exprime dans un parfait français, avec une voix chaude et cuivrée, et une présence scénique affirmée…”

OPERA ONLINE

“S’il n’apporte rien au plan dramatique, il permet de découvrir les beaux moyens de la jeune mezzo-soprano américaine Samantha Hankey, avec son joli vibrato et sa profonde musicalité.”

ÔLYRIX

“L’occasion d'apprécier la musicalité et le joli timbre de la jeune mezzo américaine Samantha Hankey.”

LE MONDE

FAUST

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SIÉBEL

Grand Théâtre de Genéve

February 2018

 

IL BARBIERE

DI SIVIGLIA

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ROSINA

Den Norske Opera

October 2017 - January 2018

"Of the lovers, Samantha Hankey makes the bigger impact as a punk-ish Rosina who is clearly going to be too much of a handful for her hapless and deluded guardian. She sang with power and poise and held the attention even on a crowded stage.”

PLAYS TO SEE

MEROLA GRAND FINALE

Componist (Ariadne auf Naxos)

August 19, 2017

"In the midst of so much young talent and promise, there was also mature, accomplished artistry as Samantha Hankey became Richard Strauss’s Composer — voice and presence — in an affecting performance. With Jana McIntyre as Zerbinetta, this was a gripping Prelude to Ariadne auf Naxos. This came just days after Hankey also conquered in the title role in the Merola Program’s Cenerentola."

SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE

"But in this 2017 Merola Grand Finale it took second place to the next offering, which featured soprano Jana McIntyre as Zerbinetta and mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey as the Composer in “Sie hält ihn für den Todesgott” from Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss. I can’t say enough about the outstanding vocalism displayed here by McIntyre and Hankey. McIntyre’s soprano was limpid and ardent, and Hankey’s mezzo was dusky at one moment and brightly radiant at other moments. The musical interchange between McIntyre and Hankey was full of intelligence and passion. These two singers will surely go far in their careers!"

THE BERKLEY DAILY PLANET

LA CENERENTOLA

ANGELINA

Merola Opera Program

August 2017

"It is this Cinderella figure whose goodness radiates through the opera and Merola scored a triumph by casting Samantha Hankey...whose temperament and technique seem ideal for this assignment. The voice is lushly distinctive in the lower register, and as the finale confirmed, fluent and expansive in coloratura forays."

OPERA NEWS

"Pride of place, however, goes to mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey for her interpretation of the role of Angelina, aka Cenerentola. When we first meet Angelina, she sits by the fire in her kitchen and sings to herself a wispy little song, “Una volta c’éra un re”/”Once upon a time there was a king.”  Singing quietly, and low in the mezzo register, Hankey’s voice does not immediately impress. But, oh my, when she moves up the register and lets loose her voice, Samantha Hankey reveals glorious tone, impressive high notes, and superb vocal technique. Her coloratura is a thing of beauty! Moreover, Hankey is a fine actress, one who dramatically portrays the goodness, innocence and graciousness of her Cinderella character. Samantha Hankey is definitely a singer to watch!...Vocally, of course, Rossini’s La Cenerentola is full of florid coloratura passages, especially for Angelina; and her high-flying aria “Naqui all’affano” toward the opera’s end was gorgeous indeed."

BERKELEY DAILY PLANET

KATYA KABANOVA

VARVARA

The Juilliard School

April 2017

"Samantha Hankey, recently the company's phenomenal Agrippina, excelled at Varvara's totally different challenges."

OPERA NEWS

"The free-spirited Varvara, Káťa’s confidante, was interpreted by mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey, whose lovely, luminous voice will definitely allow her to tackle meatier roles down the road."

BACHTRACK

METROPOLITAN OPERA NATIONAL COUNCIL AUDITIONS

Grand Finals Winner

March 19, 2017

"The other female standout was Samantha Hankey, equally gripping in deeply affecting accounts of “Parto, parto,” from Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito and Joan’s aria from Tchaikovsky’s The Maid of Orleans. One admired not only the handsomeness of Hankey’s rich mezzo but also its power, a resource she drew on only selectively to heighten expression."

MUSICAL AMERICA

AGRIPPINA

AGRIPPINA

The Juilliard School

February 2017

"Two singers gave completely persuasive performances-American mezzo Samantha Hankey and Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński. Hankey zipped through Agrippina's punishing music with beautiful tone, immaculate prosody and queenly authority."

OPERA NEWS

"Samantha Hankey sang Agrippina in a lustrous, commanding mezzo­-soprano and clearly relished implementing all the entanglements her character dreams up."

MUSICAL AMERICA

"The young cast was dramatically alert and engaged. The vocal standouts were Samantha Hankey, powerful and accurate in the title role and a fabulous vocal actress..."

GAY CITY NEWS

"Also impressive was his Diana, Samantha Hankey, the most ingenious and economical actor in the cohort of ten singers. A square-shouldered beauty with a maple-flavored mezzo, Hankey was able to indicate with admirable subtlety when she was meant to be the “real” Diana and when she was meant to be the god Giove disguised as Diana. Hankey attacked her “angry” music without sounding harsh or forced and was a lusciously pliant partner in her love scene (as Diana) with Endimione, as well as in her coupling (as Giove in Diana) with the toothsome Calisto of Angela Vallone.

OPERA NEWS

"The afternoon was dominated by a tour-de-force performance by Samantha Hankey as both Diana and Giove transformed into Diana...Hankey, whose Marcellina threatened to steal last spring’s Nozze di Figaro at Juilliard, again revealed a secure, lustrous mezzo which reveled both in Diana’s hesitant dawning love for Endimione and in the disguised Giove’s lusty seduction. She also deftly differentiated the two contrasting personae: the proud, erect goddess of the moon and the brusque, slouching serial seducer distinctly uncomfortable as a woman. One hopes that Juilliard will soon showcase Hankey in a mainstage production... Jakub Józef Orlinski revealed a mellow countertenor (and great guns) as the astral-obsessed shepherd Endimione, and he blended most enchantingly with Hankey in their sensuous “Dolcissimi baci.”"

PARTERRE BOX

"As Diana and the randy Giove-impersonating-Diana, Samantha Hankey had the largest part and handled it with dramatic smarts and vocal aplomb."

GAY CITY NEWS

LA CALISTO

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DIANA

The Juilliard School

February 2016

COSÌ FAN TUTTE

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DORABELLA

Aspen Music Festival & School

August 2015

"As her sister, Dorabella, mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey used supple tone that could raise the intensity level when needed. Duets with Dyachek were keenly balanced and beautiful, and her romantic temptation for Guglielmo felt real."

THE ASPEN TIMES

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO

MARCELLINA

The Juilliard School

April 2015

"Samantha Hankey, in one of the production’s few worthy choices, played Marcellina as an stylish matron rather than the usual harridan, making her eventual embrace of her newly found son all the more plausible."

OPERA NEWS

"...but the show was nearly stolen by the opulently vigorous Marcellina of Samantha Hankey. Unlike the squawking of aging former Cherubinos we’ve been subjected to in recent years at the Met, she sang the role with a rich full mezzo and pithy flair. Observing the bad old habit of cutting Marcellina’s aria was regrettable as I suspect Hankey would have killed in it."

PARTERRE BOX

"Samantha Hankey made Marcellina anything but matronly and unappealing; her lovely singing was among the afternoon’s highlights."

GAY CITY NEWS

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