Samuel Chan


Named one of CBC’s Top 30 Canadian Classical Musicians under 30, Germany-based Canadian baritone Samuel Chan has been praised by critics for his “naturally produced, forwardly placed, attractive baritone” (Ludwig van Toronto). An artist whose repertoire spans centuries from Dowland to Dutilleux, Samuel is establishing himself as a versatile young artist to watch internationally. Samuel is a recent graduate of the Canadian Opera Company (COC) Ensemble Studio, and received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music studying under William McGraw.

A member of the ensemble at Oper Kiel since 2020, Samuel’s roles to date include Papageno in DIe Zauberflöte; Montano in Otello; Albert in La Juive; Pantalon/Farfarello in L’amour des trois oranges; the Gurilla in Das Dschungelbuch; and Hans in Der Vetter aus Dingsda. Upcoming season roles include the roles of Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte; Robert in Iolanta; Lescaut in Manon Lescaut; alongside resumptions of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte. In Kiel, he has worked with directors Alexandra Leidtke, Luise Kautz, Daniel Karasek, Pier Francesco Maestrini, and Dirk Schmeding. He has performed in Germany with conductors including Benjamin Reiners, Sergi Roca, Stephan Bone, and Daniel Carlberg. 

Past season highlights include a surprise last minute role debut at the Canadian Opera Company (COC) as the title character in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, under the baton of Maestra Speranza Scappucci, new opera workshops for Tapestry Opera and City Opera Vancouver, and Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus for Saskatoon Opera.

While a member of the opera studio at the COC, Samuel’s roles included Marcello/Sergeant in La Bohème; Dad in Ana Sokolovic’s The Old Fools (workshop); Guglielmo understudy in Così fan tutte; Orestes’ Guardian understudy in Elektra; the Sycophantic Senator in the world premiere of Hadrian; the Captain/Eugene Onegin understudy in Eugene Onegin; the 2nd Japanese Envoy in The Nightingale and Other Fables; the Usher/Marullo understudy in Rigoletto; and Count Lamoral’s understudy in Arabella. Other past operatic engagements include Moralès in Carmen (Brott Music Festival); Don Asdrubale/Calandrino/Gomatz in Lo sposo deluso/L’oca del Cairo/Zaide (City Opera Vancouver); and Pastore II/Apollo in L’Orfeo (Cincinnati Chamber Opera).

Samuel’s academic studies were completed with a focus on Concert repertoire/Art Song. He has been recognized for this affinity with 2nd Place in Lieder and 3rd Place in Oratorio at the 2019 Stella Maris International Vocal Competition. Samuel’s repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah; Fauré’s Requiem; Arvo Pärt’s Passio; Monteverdi’s Selva morale et spirituale Vespers; Bach’s St John Passion B Minor Mass; and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music / Five Mystical Songs. Notable song repertoire performances include Schumanns’ Dichterliebe, Schubert’s Schwanengesang/Harper’s Lieder from Wilhelm Meister / Schulze Lieder from Poetisches Tagebuch; Poulenc’s Tel jour telle nuit / Calligrammes Le travails du peintre; and Bergs’ Op. 2.

Other competition highlights include 2nd Place in the COC’s Ensemble Studio Competition, and a district win/encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions’ Western Canada/Ohio district respectively.

Samuel has had further training at the National Arts Centre’s Young Artist Programme, Highlands Opera Studio, the Vancouver International Song Institute, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, and the Toronto Summer Music Festival.